Laban Al Loz- Fragrant Almond Milk with Orange Blossom Water

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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

Ingredients:

* 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

Directions:

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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