What is Orange Blossom Water?
Orange Blossom Water is a flower water (like rosewater) that’s made from the blossoms on orange trees. It’s a wonderfully floral, citrus flavor to add to baked goods, salads, and drinks.
The key to using any flower water is to not overdo it. Orange blossom water adds a lovely flavor to a dish, but it is deceptively strong. To keep your dish from being overly floral and cloying, use a small amount of orange blossom water and taste as you add it to make sure it’s not overpowering the dish.
Recipes Using Orange Blossom Water
You can use orange blossom water in many ways, but it’s especially good in baked goods, on top of fruit, or mixed into drinks. Here are a few of my favorite recipes using orange blossom water:
- Greek Yoghurt Olive Oil Cake with Orange Blossom Glaze from BAKED
- Orange Blossom Apricot Pistachio Cookies from Oat & Sesame
- Baklava Blondies from Twists & Zests
- Berry, Orange Blossom and Elderflower Cake from Recipes from a Pantry
- Almond Orange Mexican Wedding Cookies from BAKED
- Floral Fruit Cake from Cooking with Nana Ling
- Sparkling Orange Blossom Water Lemonade from The Lemon Bowl
- Fragrant Oranges with Ice Cream Almonds and Dates from Food52
Where to Buy Orange Blossom Water
Orange Blossom Water can be found in many Middle Eastern grocery stores and at Whole Foods. It can also be found online at Amazon – I recommend the orange blossom water from Cortas.
If you want to make your own orange blossom water, using petals, you can buy dried petals from Amazon.
- 2 cups loosely packed orange flower blossoms
- 2 cups distilled water
- Crush the orange blossoms in a mortar and pestle until they are a paste. Let sit for 2 hours.
- Combine the petal paste and distilled water in a Ball jar. Stir and cover. Let sit for 2 weeks.
- Strain the blossoms out of the water and then add the water to sterilized jars.