Orange blossom apricot parfait

There are few things I love more than raw desserts (hence this blog). But I think I love raw dessert competitions even more than plain old raw desserts. So obviously, I was excited when Heather came up with her latest dessert challenge: the Raw Party Parfait Challenge! Bloggers are invited to make their own twists on Heather’s parfait recipes, and our creations will be judged, with the winner reaping a bounty of raw prize treats.

Although I’m entering close to the deadline, I’ve actually had my parfait concept more or less formed in my mind for weeks. I decided to create an Orange Blossom Apricot parfait! The inspiration comes from a specific Moroccan dessert my mom used to make that contained orange blossom water. I’ve always loved orange blossom water, but I haven’t had any for years. So I thought it would be fun to feature it in my perfect party parfait. If you’ve never tried it before, it doesn’t taste orangey at all — it’s extremely floral, fragrant, and exotic!

I went on a hunt for high-quality orange blossom water, and found a bottle in Kensington Market (Cedar brand, which is apparently the best). I added about a tablespoon of the orange blossom water to Heather’s coconut cream recipe, and it tasted divine.

In keeping with the Moroccan concept, I chose a spice that I don’t use nearly enough — star anise — to compliment the floral cream. I sprinkled the star anise and a touch of my mom’s organic honey on some pistachios, and dehydrated until crispy.

Finally, my fruit layer was sweet and simple – fresh, organic apricots, finely diced.

I threw the layers together, and then headed upstairs to my rooftop patio for a little photo shoot!

Thanks to Heather for hosting such a fun challenge! I look forward to the next one. Check out Heather’s site, Sweetly Raw, for some of the other amazing entries. I’m so blown away by the creativity!

I hope you each had a lovely weekend. I sure did — I got together with Nelly and we un-cooked a storm. Watch for some photos later this week!

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20 Comments to “Orange blossom apricot parfait”

  1. GORGEOUS photos. my god.

    can’t wait to see what you and nelly made!

  2. so beautiful my friend…so elegant and lovely…sounds divine.

    =)

  3. oh and i love the idea of pistachios…so very middle eastern…yummmmmmmm!!!!!

    and as per usual…your photography is stunning…

  4. It really is a beautiful creation. It looks light yet satisfying too. I’ve never had orange blossom water (heard of it but have never even seen it) but maybe I’ll come across it sometime. And those pistachios…oh yum! Good job Camille and good luck!

  5. yum! just got some apricots. I was going to parfait them somehow too.

  6. Stunning photographs as usual Camille! I love the flavor combo! XXX

  7. this looks absolutely delicious!

  8. Your parfait is so lovely, and the photos…amazing :)

  9. Wow this looks so lovely! I love apricot and it is so delicious in desserts! Good luck!

  10. Hey sweetie! BEAUTIFUL! i’m slrping on your watermelon slushy at this very second – so refreshing :-)
    big hugs x x x

  11. SHUT UP!?!? This is beautiful – I love the orange/green color combo – they compliment each other so well!

  12. Ohmygoodness, you’ve really outdone yourself this time. Not only is it beautiful to behold, but I can smell it all the way over here. Mmmm. Divine.

  13. Thanks for all the sweet comments, ladies! The contest was so much fun. Wish I could share with all of you.

  14. YUM. I’ve never had orange blossom water before, but I see all of these flavors going together so perfectly. Party in your mouth, dare I say. :) It looks absolutely beautiful, too!!

  15. Beautiful!! I love fresh apricots! These are some beautiful photos!! I want a bite ; )

  16. This looks gorgeous! I’m glad i’m not the one judging the competition because there are far too many great entries :) xxx

  17. WOW!! What a gorgeous parfait:)
    I would love to find some of that orange blossom water sounds amazing!
    I saw some of your uncooking fun with Nelly..yum!!!

  18. Wow, what a beautiful parfait you made! It’s lovely and sounds absolutely delicious! Good luck!

  19. Girlie! You’ve outdone yourself this time! It almost looks to beautiufl to eat . . . I said ALMOST!! :) xoxo

  20. So innovative! and Mediterranean. My parents would def love that. It looks light and refreshing.

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