Orange Tian with Toasted Almonds

Preparation time:
1 hour 30 minutes (+ refrigeration)
Cooking time:
1 hour 30 minutes


Orange segments and chopped roasted almonds, to garnish

1kg oranges, sliced thickly
500g (2 cups) caster sugar

Biscuit Base
225g (1½ cups) plain flour
80g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
¾ tsp baking powder
pinch 1/2 tsp salt
80g cold unsalted butter, cubed
2 small yolks, at room temperature
½ tsp vanilla extract

Caramel Sauce
55g (¼ cup) brown sugar
125ml ( ½ cup) orange juice

Cream Filling
200ml thickened cream
250g mascarpone
2 tbs icing sugar mixture
¼ cup orange marmalade


1. To make marmalade, place orange slices in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to a gentle boil. Boil for 1 hour. Strain and reserve 125ml of the cooking liquid.

2. Remove and discard any pips from orange slices. Trim flesh and pith away from peel. Discard pith and puré flesh until smooth. Push puré through a sieve. Finely chop peel.

3. Place sugar, strained orange flesh puré, chopped peel and reserved cooking liquid in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil gently, stirring frequently, for about 20-25 minutes or until thickened and gel-like.

4. To make biscuit base, process flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter to form fine crumbs. Whisk yolks and extract until combined. Add to processor. Process until mixture just comes together. Form dough into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 170C. Line an oven tray with baking paper.

6. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until ½ cm-thick. Using an 8cm round cutter, cut out 6 circles. Place on prepared tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and crisp. Remove from oven and cool for 2 minutes on tray. While still warm trim biscuits to size using a 7.5cm presentation ring.

7. To make caramel sauce, place sugar in a small saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until sugar melts. Slowly add juice, whisking until sugar dissolves. Cook over medium high heat for 5-6 minutes until mixture thickens. Cool completely.

8. To make cream filling, beat cream, mascarpone and sugar to form soft peaks. Fold in ¼ cup of the marmalade.

9. To assemble, line a tray with baking paper and lightly grease 6 presentation rings (7.5cm round x 6.5cm tall). Arrange a layer of orange segments over base of each ring, ensuring there are no gaps. Drizzle with a little caramel sauce. Spoon about 1/3 cup cream filling over orange segments. Spread each biscuit with 1 tbs marmalade and gently ease biscuit, marmalade-side down, on top of cream. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

10. Run a knife around edge of biscuit base to loosen. Place a board or tray on top of presentation rings and invert whole tray, so that tians are orange segment-side up. Remove baking paper. Leave for few minutes to let the weight of the tian help it slide down. If it does not slide all the way, run a thin tipped knife around inside edge of presentation ring and gently tap tians out.

11. Serve with almonds and extra orange segments.


• To test if your marmalade is ready, drop a spoonful onto a chilled plate. If it is thick and sits in a blob, it’s ready. If not, keep cooking and testing.

• Roll out any leftover biscuit base dough to make biscuits.

• Store leftover marmalade in an airtight container in the fridge.

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