Having been very taken with my little bottle of Rose extract, I can now safely say I am hooked on all things floral when it comes to baking. I think it’s the smell that draws me in and the taste is somehow quite exotic. It is definitely a case of being subtle with your flavourings though, because what can taste heady and aromatic could quite easily turn into eating your way through a bottle of Yardley’s finest eau de toilette!
But, I have used my extract so much recently that I wanted to get myself some real rose petals to see how they compare. Now, my first ever flat was in Notting Hill (no, I am not loaded, was a shared ownership but still a good find) and I used to love nothing more than a wander down to my favourite street, Blenheim Crescent, to go and browse at Books for Cooks. This would be followed by a trip to The Spice Shop.
I knew this was where I wanted to get my petals from and it is still one of my favourite shops to this day. Trouble is, I am not a 5 minute walk away. If only I was (sniff,sniff). Well you guessed it, I just ordered my petals online.
This is a simple yet delicious recipe using only five ingredients.
Rose petal shortbread
A scented rose petal shortbread recipe for crumbly buttery heaven.
- 175 g plain flour
- 125 g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 50 g caster sugar
- 2 tsp organic rose petals chopped finely
- 1/2 tsp rose water
- Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees
- Place the flour, chopped up butter, rose petals, rosewater and sugar in a bowl and mix it together until the mixture begins to form a ball of dough. It is best to use your hands to squeeze the dough together
- Grease a small sandwich tin with a little butter and place the shortbread in the tin
- Press it into place and sprinkle with some extra caster sugar before baking for 15 minutes
- I turned the oven up to 200 degrees and cooked it for another 5 minutes to give it a lovely golden brown colour
- Once out of the oven sprinkle with more caster sugar and cut the shortbread into portions. This is easier when the dough is still warm