Visits to my grandmothers house were always special and filled with love. We enjoyed long chats, old movies, Rummikub tournaments and unbelievable meals that she would spend all day making. I was always elated when she surprised me with her rice pudding for dessert, I felt her love in every bite. The creamy texture flavored with fresh and fragrant orange blossom water was one of the best memories of my childhood. Although meant to be enjoyed cold we often ate it right out of the pot.
Orange Blossom Water along with Rose Water are very common flavorings for sweets such as baklava and milk and rice-based desserts in Lebanon. Both flavorings have a perfume like quality that can be very intoxicating and memorable.
Orange Blossom Water is extracted from the distillation of the flowers of bitter orange trees. These trees are also called bigarade or seville oranges or boosfeyr in Lebanon. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.