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12 Ways to Bake with Flowers While You Wait for Them to Bloom

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"Green things!" shrieks the world as soon as the snow's melted. "Flowers!" And can you blame it? The first post-winter glow is powerful.

While you wait for the daffodils, cherry and pear blossoms, tulips, and forsythia to bloom—and start to plan your garden—you can still get a dose of flowers. Reach for rosewater, orange blossom water, lavender, and chamomile—a veritable bouquet of bloomy pantry items—then dream of spring while you make these:

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Moroccan-Style Almond Milk with Orange Blossom Water & Cinnamon
Moroccan-Style Almond Milk with Orange Blossom Water & Cinnamon
Rose Petal Panna Cotta
Rose Petal Panna Cotta
Fragrant Oranges with Ice Cream, Almonds, and Dates
Fragrant Oranges with Ice Cream, Almonds, and Dates
Oatmeal and Lavender Shortbread
Oatmeal and Lavender Shortbread
Orange Flower-Scented Baklava
Orange Flower-Scented Baklava
Rice Cookies with Cardamom and Rose Water
Rice Cookies with Cardamom and Rose Water
 Lemon Lavender Polenta Cake
Lemon Lavender Polenta Cake
Pistachio Cake with Lemon, Cardamom, and Rose Water
Pistachio Cake with Lemon, Cardamom, and Rose Water
Pistachio and Orange Blossom Turkish Delight
Pistachio and Orange Blossom Turkish Delight
Chocolate-Covered Lavender Caramels
Chocolate-Covered Lavender Caramels
Chamomile Lemon Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting
Chamomile Lemon Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting
Almond Cake with Orange-Flower Water Syrup
Almond Cake with Orange-Flower Water Syrup

What other flowers do you like to eat and cook with? Tell us about them in the comments.


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Tags: baking, rosewater, orange blossom, lavender, chamomile