Moroccan Recipes with Orange Flower Water

Orange Blossom Water as an Ingredient in Moroccan Cooking

Orange flower water is made using orange tree blossoms and a steam distillation process. The resulting fragrant water has found its way into many culinary uses in Moroccan cuisine. These recipes on the Moroccan Food site all include orange flower water in their list of ingredients.

You can often find this fragrant water for sale in Middle Eastern and halal markets, as well as in pharmacies (be sure it is for culinary and not cosmetic use). Or, buy orange flower water online.

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    Moroccan Almond Briouats. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    These popular Moroccan cookies are made by folding almond paste flavored with orange flower water and cinnamon within warqa dough. The pastries are fried and then soaked briefly in honey.

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    Moroccan Almond Milkshake with Orange Flower Water. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Almond milkshakes are very popular in Morocco, particularly in Ramadan. A tiny bit of orange flower water gives this almond shake its classic taste. I like it best served icy cold.

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    Moroccan Fresh Fruit Salad. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    This delicious, fresh fruit salad is actually more like a homemade fruit cocktail – once sliced or cubed, the fruit is combined with orange juice, sugar and orange flower water and left to macerate while it chills.

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    Raib Beldi. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Although yogurt-like in consistency, this Moroccan dairy dessert is actually a junket which may be flavored with orange flower water. The recipe explains Raib Beldi's traditional preparation from fresh raw cow's milk and plant enzymes released from the dried chokes of wild artichokes.

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    Moroccan Stuffed Dates. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Orange flower water and cinnamon are used to flavor the almond paste filling in this traditional stuffed date recipe. Serve them during Ramadan or as part of a special occasion spread of sweets.

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    Makrout with Date Filling and Honey. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    This special occasion cookie is popular throughout North Africa. This version features a date paste filling enclosed in semolina dough. The cookies are fried then dipped in honey.

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    Ktefa or Milk Bastilla. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Ktefa is a traditional Moroccan dessert made by layering crispy warqa pastry with sweetened fried almonds and custard sauce (creme anglaise) scented with orange flower water.

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    Moroccan Chicken Bastilla. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Chicken Bastilla is Morocco's famous chicken pie. A light, crispy pastry shell conceals savory saffron chicken, spicy omelet stuffing, and crunchy topping of fried almonds sweetened and flavored with orange flower water.

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    Krachel are Moroccan Sweet Rolls with Anise and Sesame. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Anise seeds, sesame seeds and orange flower water give these sweet rolls their fragrant, characteristic flavor. Serve krachel plain or with butter, jam, cream cheese, or even peanut butter and jelly.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Almond paste scented with orange flower water and cinnamon is enclosed in a delicate pastry, molded into a crescent, and then baked until barely golden.

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    Herbel - Wheat Soup with Milk

    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Herbel is a sweetened, porridge-like soup which is popular for breakfast. Wheat berries are cooked until tender in salted water and then simmered a second time with milk, butter, and sugar. Orange flower water is traditionally added to taste.

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    Cinnamon Coffee with Orange Flower Water

    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Serve this classic Moroccan coffee with or without milk for an elegant ending to a Moroccan meal, or to add a special, aromatic touch to coffee hour. Vanilla sugar can be used as a sweetener to add another layer of flavor.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Feggous is the Moroccan name for the Armenian cucumber, also known as snake cucumber, snake melon, yard-long cucumber, fakkous and uri. These long, thin cucumbers are mild, crispy, and don't need to be peeled or seeded – perfect for using in this refreshing Moroccan salad with orange flower water.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    This delicious Moroccan salad blends fresh oranges, grated carrots, and orange flower water. Serve it as a starter, side dish or as a refreshing follow-up to a main course.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    This refreshing Moroccan salad combines crisp Romaine (cos) lettuce with sliced oranges. Adjust the sugar and orange flower water to your own tastes.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Use either feggous (Armenian cucumbers) or regular cucumbers in this refreshing, sweet salad with orange juice and orange flower water. In Morocco, fresh or dried wild thyme (za'atar) is used for seasoning. Regular thyme or oregano may be substituted.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    These macaroon-like cookies have a crispy crust and chewy interior. Orange flower water is used as a flavoring in the dough.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    This easy Moroccan dessert is flavored with orange flower water and cinnamon. It calls for broken vermicelli (chaariya), but you can substitute thin spaghetti – just break the uncooked pasta into small pieces.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Ghoribas with Coconut are delicious Moroccan macaroons with a crisp crust. I was taught to use orange flower water to keep my hands moist while working with the dough. This helps prevent the dough from sticking to your hands, and it imparts the exotic essence of the orange flower water to the cookies.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Orange flower water is used to flavor both the dough and the honey in which these fried sesame cookies are dipped.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih
    These twice-baked cookies are similar to biscotti and packed with delicious, fragrant flavors. Orange flower water is just one of them.
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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Pomegranate seeds are juicy, nutritious, and extra delicious with the Moroccan additions of orange flower water and cinnamon.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Sliced oranges get simple yet sophisticated treatment with a generous sprinkling of ground cinnamon, sugar and orange flower water.

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    Carrot Orange Juice

    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Use a blender to make this refreshing and healthy Moroccan beverage. Orange flower water is a traditional addition.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    This crunchy Moroccan cookie takes its name from the coastal city of Essaouira. The dough is egg-free and vegan. Anise, sesame and orange flower water give lots of flavor.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Creamy Moroccan rice pudding is easy to make. A hint of cinnamon and orange flower water add traditional Moroccan flavor. Add vanilla, almonds or cinnamon as desired.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Fresh orange juice is widely available throughout Morocco, and many families squeeze their own juice at home. For a unique Moroccan taste, add a splash of orange flower water to the juice before serving.

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    Moroccan Pomegranate Juice

    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Pomegranates are a superfruit high in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and fiber. This easy Moroccan recipe combines the juice from naturally sweet pomegranate seeds with lemon juice and orange flower water.

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    Moroccan Basbousa with Almonds - Chemia

    Moroccan Basbousa (Semolina Cake). arsheffield/Flickr - CC BY-NC 2.0

    A delicious semolina and almond cake flavored with orange flower water and sweetened with sugar syrup. A favorite of kids and adults alike.

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    Moroccan Baklawa

    Almond Baklawa (Baklava). Faiz de blida/Flickr - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    No, it's not a typo. In Morocco, baklava is often called baklawa because there's no "v" sound in the Arabic alphabet. This Moroccan version flavored with orange flower water is made with an almond filling and homemade pastry layers.