Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sophie Dahl's Rose Petal Jam

When I made my rose ombre cake for Valentines Day, I had quite a few leftover rose petals, as they did not all fit on top of the cake. I didn't plan on making too many salads that required rose petals, so I was pleased when I picked up a copy of Sophie Dahl's Very Fond of Food:  A Year in Recipes to see that she had a recipe for rose petal jam, as part of a recipe for rose petal icecream. 
You can find the recipe for Sophie's rose petal jam online here.

I was attracted by the fact that not only did this recipe use rose petals, but it also contained sparkling rose, which I just happened to have a bottle of in the house.

The flavour of the jam is unusual.  It is not sweet, and is in fact only faintly floral.  The flavour reminds me of a lemon sherbet - zingy and tart.  I am not sure why that is, but I enjoyed it.

I am yet to think of an imaginative way to use my rose petal jam (to fill a cake perhaps?), but I am glad that it has preserved my beautiful rose petals for another day.

On an unrelated note, Happy St Patricks Day!  Have a green beer for me.


~~louise~~ said...

I remember that Rose Ombre Cake of yours Gaye. It was spectacular!

I just took a look at my Rose board on Ointerest to see if there was any inspiring ideas for Rose Petal Jam. I found a simple one yet one I would prefer over most. Served over Vanilla Ice Cream!

I'm sure you will come up with some more creative:) Thanks for sharing Gaye...Wishing you a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What a gorgeous sounding recipe! It sounds like it would be gorgeous wedged between cream and two sponge layers :D

Kari said...

I'm intrigued by this! I can't quite imagine the flavours, but I suspect I'd like them :)

Pam said...

Interesting, Gaye! I've never had the jam, but it sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love jam on a good biscuit. Can you tell you are so making me hungry? I love this.

Kay of Pure & Complex

Kayte said...

Well, anything lemon has my attention immediately, so if this reminded you of lemon, I'm excited already. It would be so interesting to get to taste this, I would never have thought of making a jam with rose petals. You are so creative.