For a quick and simple yet elegant dessert, consider a platter of sliced oranges. In this recipe, a drizzle of orange flower water, honey, lavender, and mint gives the fruit a sweet, floral character that's especially nice when you want a light finish to a meal.
Although we call for Mandarin oranges here (we generally use medium-sized Satsuma or Page varieties), feel free to try any other sweet orange. The recipe is easy to double, triple, or increase as needed. It's also lovely with cake!
Oranges With Lavender and MintServes 2
2 teaspoons orange flower water 2 teaspoons honey 1/8 teaspoon dried lavender buds 3 medium Mandarin oranges 1-2 mint sprigs
Combine orange flower water, honey, and lavender in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring to dissolve the honey. Remove from heat.
Peel and cut the oranges into 1/4-inch thick slices and remove any seeds. Arrange on a plate and drizzle the syrup on top.
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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