Home Made Rose Essence

The idea of using natural food colours and flavours is something I decided to experiment on in the beginning of 2016. It is one of the best new year resolutions I have made till date and the only one I seem to have really worked on.

Home made rose essence is the latest in the list. Having already tried it in a cake, I know that this one is a keeper. Though the rose essence doesn’t lend any colour to the bake, its flavour and aroma is hard to miss. I am sure you would love to try this.

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Home Made Rose Essence
Servings
Ingredients
  • 20 Roses [ the gulkand variety/ aromatic pink ones]
  • 2 tbsps Sugar
  • A pinch Salt
  • 2 - 3 tbsps Water
Servings
Ingredients
  • 20 Roses [ the gulkand variety/ aromatic pink ones]
  • 2 tbsps Sugar
  • A pinch Salt
  • 2 - 3 tbsps Water
Instructions
  1. Remove the petals carefully , rinse and pat them dry.
  2. Transfer into a dry container and sprinkle the sugar and salt on top. Mix well.
  3. Cover with a lid and allow to rest overnight.
  4. Next morning you would find that the petals have a shrunken appearance. The sugar would have melted completely and look like a syrup. Give it a mix once.
  5. Place the container in sunlight for an hour.
  6. Grind the mixture with 2-3 tbsps of water.
  7. Strain the liquid and pour into a dry glass bottle. Store refrigerated.
Recipe Notes

Notes-

It is best to use the gulkand roses as they have the best flavour. The large red one's are fine too. [ They should have a strong rosy aroma/smell]

You may ask why I have added the sugar or why I placed the sugary petals in the sun. I have tried various permutations and combinations of the above-like only sun drying/ grinding with sugar directly/ boiling in water etc. Somehow this method yielded a really good result. The sugary petals turn a little dry under the sun and a bit of water added while grinding helps to release the colour and flavour. [Osmosis and diffusion at work I guess]

The consistency of this essence is between that of a sugar syrup and water. Try adding the water 1 tbsp at a time while grinding. This will ensure that the essence is as concentrated as possible.

Unlike the store bought essence which is used in very little quantities, you might have to add a decent amount of this rose essence to get maximum flavour. Nevertheless this gives an amazing feel. Try it in a cake for sure.

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