Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
Named for the wild duck found in and around the moors and lakes of Northwest England (Derwentwater Lake). These ducks are valued for their tenderness and flavor, but you can use any duck with success in this recipe. The flavor of the duck is complemented with the sweet, sharp flavor of the Cumberland sauce.
- 3 lbs duck, cut in four portions or 4 duck breasts
- 1 large orange, zest and juice
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 4 tablespoons red currant jelly
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons port wine
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- fresh watercress and orange slice (to garnish)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Prick duckling portions all over with a sharp skewer or fork; place on a wire rack placed over a baking dish.
- Roast until skin is crisp and juices run clear when thickest part of the duck is pricked, yet again, with a skewer or fork, about 45 to 60 minutes (some things cannot be rushed).
- Meanwhile, squeeze the orange and lemon juices into a small saucepan, add the zests of the orange and lemon (which at some point you will have either shredded or cut into thin strips) and gently simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Add the red currant jelly and let it melt; mix the cornstarch and port together, then stir into the sauce and bring to a boil, stirring as it thickens.
- Once the duck is done, remove to a warmed serving dish and keep hot.
- Pour off the fat from the baking dish, leaving the juices in the pan; add brandy to pan and stir over low heat while scraping any browned bits on the bottom of the dish.
- Stir in the sauce and serve with the duck; garnish with watercress and orange slices.