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Have you ever walked by an orange tree in bloom?  Its needs to be added to the list of wonders of the world because it’s amazing!  The fragrance literally knocks you in the face.  It’s such a sweet succulent smell!  So how do you capture a fragrance and turn it into something edible?!  Make a simple syrup.  A simple syrup is a syrup made from sugar and water.  In this case, I infused the water with the essence of the orange flower.  It’s a very easy technique and the syrup is so versatile. Drizzled over desserts, breads, or pancakes, or added to a cup of tea or a martini!

Orange Blossom Water

1 cup orange flowers

2 cups filtered/purified water

First thing we need to do, is infuse the water.  In a pot, bring the flowers and water to a boil.  Cover and remove from heat, but allow to steep for up to a couple hours.  Strain out the flowers.  Your water should be slightly tinted in color.

Now, for the simple syrup.  Basically your water to sugar ratio should be 1:2.  1 part water, to 2 parts sugar.

Orange Blossom Simple Syrup

1/2 cup orange blossom water

1 cup sugar

1/2 tbsp orange zest

I only made 1 cup of syrup, but you can easily make more by sticking to the ratio.  In a saucepan, stir the sugar into the orange blossom water.  Heat to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.  You’ll see the mixture thicken a little.  Pour into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature uncovered.  Once cooled, stir in the orange zest, then refrigerate till your ready to devour!

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