What’s cooking today: Glazed navel orange fridge tart

By Tony Jackman 18 June 2021

Glazed navel orange fridge tart. (Photo: Tony Jackman)

The navel orange is large and sweet (unlike the relative bitterness of the Seville orange), its juice a joy to drink and its zest lending just the right amount of pizazz to sauces, broths and desserts.

Tony Jackman


This recipe accompanies this column


1 packet lemon-flavoured Tennis biscuits

125 g butter (quarter of a 500 g brick), melted

1.5 cans sweetened condensed milk

6 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

Zest of 2 oranges

180 ml fresh cream

2 tsp gelatine powder melted by pouring it on top of 3 Tbsp of very hot (not boiled) water, and stirred until there are no grains left

For the glaze:

⅔ cup/ 80 ml orange juice 

90 g castor sugar

4 to 6 very thin orange slices


Crumble the Tennis biscuits in a bowl as finely as possible. Stir in the grated zest of one (note: one) orange. Melt the butter and stir it in.

Grease a deep 24 cm (more or less) tart dish (there is a lot of filling so you need depth to hold it) and press the biscuits in to cover the bottom and up the sides. This needs a bit of care and patience.

Refrigerate the base for 30 minutes or more.

Whip the cream until it’s thick; soft peak stage.

In a bowl, mix together the condensed milk, grated zest of the other orange, orange juice, and whisk well.

Fold in the whipped cream.

Prepare and cool the gelatine mixture, then very quickly whisk it in while pouring it in in a thin stream.

Pour the mixture into the refrigerated base and return to the fridge to set for a few hours.

While it is setting, make the glaze: combine all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Cook gently for about 5 minutes until the syrup turns fairly thick and sticky. It needs to be like hot jam. Remove the orange slices to a side plate. When the syrup has cooled but is not yet set, arrange the orange slices on top of the tart and drizzle the syrup over using a dessertspoon. Refrigerate until needed. DM/TGIFood

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