The Primrose Bakery: Rose biscuits
So a while ago I decided to try and recreate some of the magic to be found in the Primrose Bakery kitchen and make a batch of cookies and cream cupcakes. Cue unmitigated disaster (seriously – just take a look at the photos. The ugliest cupcakes ever?). Afterwards, I put my recipe book back on the shelf in shame and haven’t opened it since.
Until now! I’m planning a vintage tea party for my birthday (21, if you must know…for the ninth year in a row…) and thought these rose biscuits would be the perfect tabletop addition. Certainly much more successful than the cupcake debacle of a few months ago, at any rate, and they are truly delicious – very subtle in flavour.
– 85g unsalted butter
– 100g golden caster sugar
– 1 egg
– 1tbsp rose water
– 200g plain flour
– 1.5tsp baking powder
– Pinch of salt
– Rose water icing
– Honeycomb pieces
– Beat the sugar and butter until pale and creamy, then add the egg and rose water.
– Add the flour, salt and baking powder and beat gently until combined. (Your dough shouldn’t be too sticky at this point.)
– Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least an hour.
– Roll out your dough to around 5mm, then cut out your biscuits and bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees C.
– Once cool, you’re ready for your icing.
– 450g icing sugar
– 1tsp rose water
– 3tbsp hot water (add a bit at a time, as my icing was really runny)
– Pink food colouring
– Add your rose water to the icing sugar and beat in the hot water to make a stiff paste. Add a drop or two of red food colouring.
– Sandwich two biscuits together with a thin layer of icing and do another thin layer on the top. Add a crystallised rose petal to finish it off (although I used honeycomb, which I think complements the biccies very nicely indeed!)
Can you recommend any great vintage tea party recipes for me to try out before my birthday in October? Inspiration is needed!
- Blue Cheese Biscuits (theheartyherbivore.wordpress.com)
- Rhubarb, Strawberry and Rose Cakes (blissfullyscrumptious.com)
- Elderflower Cupcakes with Elderflower Buttercream (thepapercupkitchen.wordpress.com)
- Rhubarb Recipes: In Season and On Your Plate (dailysavings.allyou.com)