This year’s Placer County mandarin harvest begins at the end of November and finishes in mid-January. According to the Mountain Mandarin Growers’ Association, these lusciously sweet, juicy citrus fruits were first planted in Placer County in the 1880s by Welsh settlers who established the town of Penryn. Today, more than 25 mandarin orchards exist in the county. Here’s a unique and delectable way to savor these locally grown treasures.
Roasted Mandarin Slices With Vanilla Ice Cream
Adapted from The 2006 Placer County Mountain Mandarin Festival Cookbook
1 cup freshly squeezed mandarin juice
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
Vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Rinse and dry mandarins, then slice off tops and bottoms of the unpeeled fruit. Thinly slice the fruit on the horizontal. Slightly overlap (don’t layer) the mandarin slices in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.
Pour juice and Grand Marnier over slices and sprinkle with brown sugar. Cover pan with foil and bake for approximately 17 minutes until peels are tender. Increase temperature to 375 degrees. Remove foil and sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over the slices. Continue baking until liquid is syrupy. Cool slices in the syrup.
Drain the mandarin slices, then drape several over a scoop of vanilla ice cream and serve. Serves 8â€“10.