Recipe by Shannon Cooks
Orange Blossom Water, also known as orange flower water or orange water, is a perfumy distillation of bitter-orange blossoms. It is often used in Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine as a flavoring in baked goods, sweet and savory dishes and a variety of drinks. You can find it for sale in specialty groceries or make your own from orange and white wine (I have seen recipes posted on this site).
- 1 cup pudding rice (or similar short grain rice)
- 3⁄4 cup superfine sugar (caster)
- 2 1⁄2 cups whole milk, plus a few tablespoons extra for mixing
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons orange blossom water
- ground cinnamon, for sprinkling
Directions See How It's Made
- Place the pudding rice in a large non-stick saucepan. Pour in enough water to cover the rice one inch above the level of the rice.
- Bring to a boil and cook until rice is tender.
- Add the milk and sugar. Return to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer.
- Mix together the cornstarch with a tablespoon or two of milk to form a slightly runny paste.
- While stirring the rice, slowly add the cornstarch mixture.
- Mix in the orange blossom water and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and transfer the rice into a large glass serving bowl or 6 individual ramekins.
- Cool at room temperature and then refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Dust with cinnamon before serving.