A local Moroccan restaurant offers a simple dessert of orange segments, strawberries, and orange blossom water. It’s lovely and understated, and a perfect way to cap off a delicious Moroccan meal.
But when you’re invited to a fall potluck when strawberries are decidedly not in season, what’s a girl to do?
Instead of studding the lovely in-season oranges with cardboard sham berries, I opted for the beautiful pops of color from an in-season pomegranate. The contrast in textures and flavors worked brilliantly. It’s simple, striking, and the orange blossom water adds a mysterious floral perfume.
Then I had the following conversation at least 5 times:
What’s in this?
Oranges, pomegranate, and orange blossom water.
Ooh, what else?
Really? Just oranges, pomegranate, and ….
… orange blossom water.
Orange blossom water. Where…
Middle Eastern grocery stores. It’s about $2.50.
Ahh, thank you. So oranges, pomegranate, and orange…. blossom… water.
The only prep time involved is to supreme the oranges. This recipe was the first time I had done so myself, but a few oranges in and I was working much faster. Supremes are just citrus segments cut away from all the membranes, pith, and peel of the fruit for a cleaner presentation. Technically you could just peel and segment them, but this is prettier.
First, slice off the top and bottom of the orange so they are flat. I used my santoku, you could use a smaller knife so long as it’s sharp.
Then, slice away the peel and all white pith from top-to-bottom in a curving motion. Work your way around the orange.
You can do this with the orange on the cutting board if you prefer. I risked life and limb for these photos for you!
Once the orange is naked, line up your knife along the membrane between segments and slice toward the center. Repeat on the other side of membrane until you have clean slices.
Voila! Orange supremes.
Not sure how to seed a pomegranate? Got you covered.
Now sprinkle in a few drops of potent, floral orange blossom water, mix in some gorgeous pomegranate arils, and impress everyone at your next event with such a simple recipe.