Laban Al Loz- Fragrant Almond Milk with Orange Blossom Water

I generally pride myself on my ability to do menial and repetitive tasks but I will say that blanching almonds might just be my least favorite kitchen chore.  But pre-blanched almonds are super expensive around here and I’m too frugal to pay triple just to save myself some time.  Perhaps next time I also need to factor my sanity into the equation.  But seriously, I need to look into ordering blanched almonds online before I get to the next country that uses a bunch of them.

If you’re lucky enough to have a hookup for inexpensive blanched almonds (Trader Joe’s?), this recipe will be a snap.  The almonds are blended with water, quickly cooked with some sweetener, thinned out to your desired consistency and then flavored with orange blossom water.  The result is a creamy, fragrant beverage that would make any meal extra special.

Special thanks go to my kitchen elf, who did a great job helping with the almonds.


Fragrant Almond Milk with Orange Blossom Water

Yield: 6 servings


* 1 cup blanched almonds
* 6 cups water, divided
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 2 drops almond extract (optional)
* 1 teaspoon orange blossom water, or to taste


Blend the almonds and two cups of the water in a blender and blend until very smooth. Pour into a medium saucepan and add the sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for several minutes. Remove from heat.

Add the almond extract, if using, and the remaining 4 cups of water. Let cool to room temperature and strain through a fine sieve and add the orange blossom water. Chill, covered, in the refrigerator.

Note: you can skip the straining the mixture if you have a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix.

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4 Responses to “Laban Al Loz- Fragrant Almond Milk with Orange Blossom Water”

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — May 31, 2011 at 4:24 am

    That sounds delicious. I'm not sure where to find orange blossom water around here but if I ever see it I know exactly how I want to try it!


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    CATE — May 31, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Hi Heidi,

    I actually bought the orange blossom water at a Indian grocery store that also sells some Middle Eastern food. But then I went to a really small health food store and I was shocked to see that they had orange blossom water as well! If you're lucky you might even be able to find it in the ethnic food isle at your local grocery store :)


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    Kimberly — May 31, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Looks fantastic…my only concern is the calorie count.


  4. #
    Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I will look for sure! Thank you Cate!


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