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Sunday, October 24, 2010

AGUA DE AZAHAR WITH 14 C RECIPE FOR "ANGEL'S FOOD," ORANGE BLOSSOM CHEESE RECIPE

Distilling Orange Blossoms
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orange blossom water, orange flower water. It is made from the flowers of bitter orange trees. Seville has more than 14,000 decorating its medieval streets. At the end of May the blossoms are collected to make orange blossom water. It can be made by distilling orange blossoms in a double boiler with sugar and water. Another method is to bruise petals with in a mortar and then placed them in a jar filled with distilled water. This is left in the sun for two weeks. Readiness is determined by sniffing it. Then it is strained through a cheesecloth and stored until needed in a cool dark place. Although it is known that many Spanish medieval dishes were sprinkled with rose or orange blossom water, Sent Soví calls for it in this dessert popularly known as "Angel's Food," which is curds with honey. Nola's uses it to moisten "Marzipan for Invalids." It should be noted that rosewater can be a substitute for orange blossom water, which is from bitter orange trees, but not orange juice as the flavor of the flowers is very different from the fruit. See agua de rosas, azahar and esencia de azahar. [Anón/Grewe. 1982: CLVIII :173-174;  Nola. 1989:xxxiiii-4; and
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"FOOD FOR ANGEL'S," ORANGE BLOSSOM CHEESE ADAPTED BY SANTICH p 166 FROM SENT SOVÍ #CLVIII QUI PARLA CON SA DEU MANYAR MATÓ CENS BOLIR, O FFORNATGES, pp 173-174

Ingredients

300 g. (10 oz) fresh ricotta
1-2 tbsp honey or sugar
1-2 tbsp orange flower water or rosewater

Fluff the ricotta with a fork and whisk in the honey or sugar and the desired flavoring. Orange flower water and rosewater vary in strength according to provenance (and according to the time they have spent on your shelf) so add a small amount to begin with, and then more as necessary.




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