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Jul 20, 2009 04:21 PM

Recipes using rose water?

Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a bottle of rose water and orange blossom water, but have no recipes to use them in. I would love any suggestions on ways in which to use them.


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  1. Cakes, cookies, sweet dough preparations, baklava, pie dough ....

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    1. re: todao

      You can turn all these into raw food recipes, in a fun and easy way that tastes great. Here's a recipe for Ginger Rose Chocolate Mousse, a raw food recipe that uses rose water. A Delicious dessert to feed your friends and family.
      Laura Dawn

    2. With orange flower water, a Ramos Fizz, of course.

      SO good.

      1. Lollipops infused with either and rose petals, orange peels will have you addicted.
        Pretty as gifts too.

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        1. re: HillJ

          I just got some lollipop molds and am intrigued. (Planning to make some with honey and anise hyssop or mint leaves.)

          Do you have a recipe for yours?

          1. re: karykat


            karykat, this is the base recipe I follow. I pour the sugar on a marble slap and use the rose & orange, petals and peels to create adult pops. The recipe is highly adaptable. Enjoy!

          1. re: Axalady

            Rose water loves dairy and sweets. Indian mithai like gulab jamun, jalebi and ras malai rely on rose flavoring for their distinctive taste. Mahalabia is a simple Arab pudding that would also be an easy introduction to rose water.

            I have heard of rose water being used in rice and lamb preparations, particularly in Persian and Moroccan cuisine, but I haven't tried any of those recipes yet.

            1. re: Axalady

              This sounds great. Thanks! Where can I find a source for organic roses?

              1. re: luckytomato

                I would advise you to call around and see if you can find an organic florist around you or someone who purchases/sells VeriFlora roses. Some Whole Foods locations sell untreated roses. The whole petals will look much better on the cake, but if all this fails, you can order candied roses from Kalustyan's online.

                1. re: luckytomato

                  I don't know if they're actually "organic," but they certainly are food grade and delicious. I get mine here:
                  As they say, you will have t o pick through them before steeping to remove the green parts (leaves and stems).

                  EDIT: Sorry. I posted this before having read the recipe that is obviously talking about candied fresh rose petals.

              2. They're great flavorings in whipped cream. Also in shortbread or cookies. And I do like a dash of them in hot chocolate. Some brands have a much better flavor than others. They're also used in mixed drinks, and both are used in flavoring lokhoum (aka Turkish delight) and the syrup you pour over baklava after it's baked Oh, and a dash or two as flavoring in French toast.. Have fun! There's no limit to how they can be used.