Q: Yesterday, on an impulse, I bought a bottle of orange flower water. Problem is, none of the cookbooks in my collection have a recipe that calls for it!
Any ideas for how to use it other than a Ramos gin fizz? Maybe a springy dessert I could bring to my mom's house for Mother's Day?
Sent by Julia
Editor: Julia, here are two recipes from our archives that do call for orange flower (or orange blossom) water:
• Lemon Verbena and Orange Blossom Fizz
• Maine Blueberry Pancakes with Orange Blossom Maple Syrup
The key thing to remember about about this ingredient is that a little goes a very, very long way. Just a dash will add an herbal fragrance to whipped cream, meringues, or other sweet things. But don't overdo it; its flavor can be overpowering if used too heavily.
Readers, any favorite recipes for orange flower water?
Related: Silver Fizz Cocktail from Sepia Chicago
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