Monday, 8 August 2016

Recipe: Rose petal and strawberry sandwiches - a summer tea party | part two

Last week, I shared with you my recipe for sour cherry and almond cake. Today, it's the turn of my favourite ever summer treat - the rose petal and strawberry sandwich. Fancy a Victoria Sponge kind of vibe but don't have time to bake? This is the answer to your prayers.

It's also far too easy to make. And eat. So I try to limit myself to a couple of special occasions each summer. My favourite? As a sort of celebration to mark the blooming of the first roses of the year. This recipe has become a ritual of sorts.

Rose petal and strawberry sandwiches

Per sandwich:
Two slices of brioche bread
1 tbsp clotted cream
1 tbsp good strawberry jam
A few drops of rosewater
2 strawberries
Fresh rose petals, six or so (use flowers that have been grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides)

1. Spread the cream on both slices of brioche bread.
2. Stir the rosewater into the jam, then spread this on top of the cream on one slice of bread.
3. Thinly slice the strawberries and carefully lay on top of the cream on the other slice of bread.
4. Remove the heels of the rose petals (the part of the petal that meets the stem. Often this part can be bitter but try your petals and ignore if no bitterness is detected) before laying the petals on top of the jam.
5. Carefully introduce the strawberry side to the petal side. Cut off the crusts and slice into finger sandwiches.


Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for any future obsessive eating behaviour caused by this recipe. Believe me when I say I have my own to deal with.

Want part one of the summer tea party? Here's the recipe for sour cherry and almond cake.
Want to know where these lovely plates, bowls and mugs are from? Royal Dolton's Pastels collection.

Thanks to Royal Doulton for supplying this beautiful crockery.
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