Putting a roof on a porch last week I was surrounded by roses and the smell kept making me think of Turkish delight! And so the craving began! But I couldn't just buy some, that would be too easy. Looking on the Internet I could see that the flavouring was from rose water, with none in the cupboard and as these roses smelt so good I decided to make some myself.
I gathered a large bag of roses, picked off all the petals and put them in a large pan with a little water. In the centre of this pan I placed an empty Pyrex jug, then placed the lid on the pan upside down.
|Making Rose water|
The infused distilled water from the rose petals rises up, hits the lid, runs to the lowest point and drips into the jug. Not a very quick process but it workedand was easy, I didn't have much, in fact probably just enough to make about a pound of something very sweet!
|My rose water - very unimpressive amount!|
1/2 pint of water
2 table spoons of rose water
I could have used food colouring as well to make it pink but we haven't got any and why bother when it wont alter the taste just add E numbers?
|Quite a bit of sugar needed|
Basically the water and gelatin go in first until it's dissolved, then the sugar is added. It's all boiled for about 15 mins, then taken off the heat, the rose water is then added and stirred in before being poured into a silicone mould (which has been lightly oiled to stop it sticking, it's very sticky).
|Letting it set|
I let it set over night in the fridge before putting it on a chopping board coated with a light mixture of sugar and cornflower.
|Dust with icing sugar mixed with a little corn flower|
I cut it up into small squares and rolled eat one round in the sugar mix so they wouldn't stick to each other. Words can't desribe how sticky this stuff is until you do that!
|Finished! Tastes good!|
It tastes just like proper Turkish delight and the roses come through just right.
I've never made anything with roses before (being a mans man and all!) but as I haven't got much other produce to use at the moment I thought this was a fun way to spend a few rainy evenings! Anyone else made anything with roses?