Dainty Orange Flower Tea Biscuits...Our Travels - Dubai
Luckily for us we were able to visit the Dubai Museum, Dubai Mall, Dubai Creek, Burj Khalifa, and...The Spice Souk.
We had a wonderful time!
Dubai was a study in contrasts:
Old & New- Beautiful New Buildings built around and among Historical places.
Traditional & Modern - Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see women in Catsuits walking around in the same area as women wearing Burkas...in the Middle East!
That night when we returned to the hotel, we were pleasantly surprised with a basket of fresh fruits and tea biscuits in our room. After a long wonderful day of sight seeing, we ended the evening with a short walk by Dubai Creek and some tea with those biscuits. They were deliciously light and flakey, with an orange almost perfume-y taste. I asked in the morning what those biscuits were made with, and I was told they were made with Orange Flower Water. Orange Flower Water is the perfume by-product of steam distillation of orange blossoms for essential oil, the same process is used to obtain Rose Water. It adds a lovely light orange and flowery essence to desserts across the Mediterranean, Middle East, and North Africa.
Here is my recipe for Dainty Orange Flower Tea Biscuits:
1 1/4 Cup Unbleached Sifted Flour
1/2 Cup Confectioner's sugar
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Grated Orange Rind
2 Tbsp Orange Flower Water
2 Tbsp Water
1/8 Cup Sliced Almonds - Lightly crushed
Preheat oven to 375F
1. Cream Sugar and softened Coconut oil together.
2. Then add Orange Rind and Orange Flower Water.
3. Slowly add the sifted flour and mix until you have a firm dough. Add water if needed.
4. Roll dough into a log and roll into crushed sliced almonds.
5. Slice dough into approximately 15 circles.
6. Place on a prepared cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes; or until lightly browned on the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.