Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Roses

By popular demand, here is the recipe to my mom's roses:

The Roses


250g unsalted butter
4 egg yolks
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour

4 egg whites
1 cup sugar

Optional: 1 1/2 cups toasted walnuts, chopped finely


Mix flour with room temperature butter to the consistency of wet sand. Separately beat four egg yolks with sugar, baking powder, sour cream, vanilla and salt until the sugar crystals disappear. Add to the flour and butter mixture and fold in gently. Add flour if needed to desired dough consistency - make sure it is not too dry, but a nice and workable dough.

Shape into three separate disks and cover each disk in cling film. Refrigerate for three hours.

Just before you take the dough out of the fridge, mix egg whites and sugar until you have a shiny cream.

Generously flour a work surface and roll out each dough into a rectangle to 1/8" thickness.

Spread the cream leaving slight room on the edges. Sprinkle with walnuts, if desired. Start rolling from the long side. It is important to not be too hesitant - these roses are not supposed to be perfect. Once the dough is rolled up, stretch it slightly and start cutting 1" inch roses with a sharp knife.

Place roses on top of a baking sheet (we used silicone) cut side down. Bake for twenty minutes at 350ºF until nice and golden. Cool and enjoy.

I hope you all like them as much as we do!


Anonymous said...

Oh wow! Thanks Ilana and thank your mother too please. I really want to make these!

Freya said...

Ilana, I can't wait to try these, they look so beautiful! They'd be lovely for a wedding - a small wedding mind you!

Lady M said...

I'm glad you're keen to make them. Please do take a picture of a rose if you make it and point me in the right direction to see the photo. I would love to see how they turned out for you. Holler if there is something you don't understand.


Anonymous said...

Hi Ilana,

I'd love to make them - they might be too hard for me though. Are they scary? You make it sound so easy, but I can be a real klutz.

Kathryn x

Lady M said...

Kathryn, it's not that hard. But with rolling into a swiss roll type of thingie as always it's important to not go crazy with the filling. The amount of filling specified makes enough for three batches.
Please give it a go and if it doesn't work, well then no one has to know, right?
They are lovely cookies!!


p.s. these are not as sweet as one might think. the filling is super-sweet but the dough is not, so it's a nice combo. :)