Servings: Serves 8
Bring wine, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, and cardamom to boil in large saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Lower heat; simmer until reduced to 1 cup, about 50 minutes. Strain sauce into a bowl and cover. Cool completely, at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Remove peel and pith from oranges, working over a bowl to catch juice. Cut in half or slice into rounds. Put oranges in bowl with reserved juice.
Simmer orange peel in 1 cup water for 2 minutes. Drain; dry with paper towels.
Divide oranges and juice among 8 bowls. Add a scoop of ice cream (if using) to each and pour syrup on top; sprinkle with orange peel.
From the December 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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