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Godiva Dark Chocolate Pudding Oreo Cookies

Godiva Dark Chocolate Pudding Oreo Cookies | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 2 dozen
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Chocolatey, comforting goodness all-around.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here is a cookie recipe combining Godiva Dark Chocolate Pudding based cookie dough stuffed with Oreos. I also threw in pieces of a Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Candy Bar for extra chocolatey creaminess. If you’re a chocolate lover, this cookie is for you!

I like to brown 1/2 of the butter measurement for a toffee, caramel taste. Baking them until just barely done and letting rest in the pan to cool will result in a crispy outside with a chewy center.

A delicious chocolately treat!


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Ingredients

    GODIVA DARK CHOCOLATE PUDDING OREO COOKIES:
  • 1 cup of butter, softened (brown 1/2 cup over med-high heat, let cool, set aside)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3.6 oz Godiva Dark Chocolate Instant Pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 row sleeve of Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 1.55 oz Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Candy Bar, coarsely chopped

Directions

    GODIVA DARK CHOCOLATE PUDDING OREO COOKIES:
  1. In a large bowl or mixer, beat 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/2 browned butter, sugar together until fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and eggs, mix well.
  3. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  4. Mix wet and dry ingredients together.
  5. Fold in Oreos and Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Candy Bar
  6. Refrigerate dough for 30-60 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degree (177 C).
  8. Bake cookies for about 8-12 minutes, until almost not quite baked in the center.
  9. Let cool on pan to finish baking.
  10. Enjoy!

What are you baking for Valentine’s Day this year? Let me know as well if you try this recipe in the comments below!

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Godiva Dark Chocolate Pudding Oreo Cookies Dough Mixture | Erica Robbin
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Godiva Dark Chocolate Pudding Oreo Cookies | Erica Robbin
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Glazed Spanish Peanuts

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Glazed Spanish Peanuts | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Such a delicious, easy, quick, satisfying snack.

A dear friend introduced me to this recipe when I was living in Malawi, Africa. They are called skaba za sugar in the Tumbuka language, sugar nuts in English.

They are sugared peanuts, similar to what you would find in a cone-shaped bag at Disney Land or at the fair.

Peanuts, known as ground nuts, also commonly known as Spanish peanuts or red peanuts, are actually endemic to South America. They were one of the most protein-rich food items I could find in our local community. My friend sells them at her shop.

The ground nut plant likes warmth and sun and loose, sandy soil, which I found was the predominant soil composition, hence why they grow so well there. They’re actually not too difficult to grow in cold climates either, having tried it in agricultural zone 6, as long as you get the soil right.

The sugar-preservation keeps them around a bit longer and they are a wonderful source of niacin, thiamin, folate, and iron that you can easily keep on hand year-round well after the growing season is over.

They have become my go-to recipe for a quick and satisfying snack.

They are also great as a treat to bring to a party or given as a gift in a treat bag tied with a bow.

It’s super important to make sure that you cook the peanuts in the liquid mixture until it has mostly evaporated so that when you bake it, the peanuts won’t turn into a brick of peanut brittle that gets stuck in the pan. Baking hardens the outside, though I had to skip baking a couple times when I didn’t have electricity and they tasted great, just a softer texture.

When prepared as below, they have this semi-crunchy, chewy texture that is so fulfilling.


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Ingredients


GLAZED SPANISH PEANUTS:

  • 3 cups raw Spanish peanuts (ground nuts with skins)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract or paste (optional)

Directions

GLAZED SPANISH PEANUTS:
  1. Cook peanuts, water, sugar, and vanilla in a pan over low-medium heat until mixture becomes gooey and liquid is all evaporated. Be patient as too high of a heat will burn them, though if you do, they actually still taste yummy, so don’t throw them out if you mess up.
  2. Spread peanuts on a cookie sheet or shallow dish and bake peanuts in 325 degree (163 C) oven for about 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently, about every 5-10 minutes, until sugar begins to crystalize.
  3. Quickly spread peanuts over a surface of foil, parchment paper, or wax paper to cool.


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What is your favorite go-to snack to make?

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Pumpkin Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I love pumpkin! My sister grew the one I used in this recipe and I was so excited to make so many recipes with it.

I also had some lavender from my garden and wanted to combine the two, so here is what I came up with.

The lavender is barely there which I thought was just right. It added just a bit of depth into the traditional pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, to which I also added coconut sugar and spices for a perfectly rich fall treat!

Enjoy with a glass of milk!

Pumpkin Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies | Erica Robbin
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Pumpkin Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 2 dozen, large size
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Much like traditional pumpkin cookies with chocolate, but with just a hint of lovely lavender.


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Ingredients

    PUMPKIN LAVENDER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated coconut sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin (3/4 cup canned pumpkin)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream infused with lavender
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecans (optional)

Directions

    PUMPKIN LAVENDER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (177 C)
  2. Mix butter and sugars until smooth.
  3. Add beaten eggs, mix completely.
  4. Mix in vanilla, pumpkin, and lavender infused whipping cream.
  5. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt. Then add to wet mixture.
  6. Then fold chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Using medium-sized cookie scoop (for large cookies), drop balls onto cookie sheet prepared with parchment paper (or greased) 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake 10-13 minutes, or until just lightly golden.

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Easy Fruit Crisp

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Easy Fruit Crisp | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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An easy dessert or snack.

You can use any type of fruit, whether apples, varieties of stone fruits, or berries.


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Ingredients

    EASY FRUIT CRISP:
  • Fruit, any variety such as apples, stone fruits, berries, diced
  • Oatmeal, I prefer rolled oat variety
  • Butter, optional
  • Brown sugar, optional

Directions

    EASY FRUIT CRISP:
  1. Place all desired fruits into a pan and top with oatmeal, butter, and brown sugar.
  2. 2. Bake in oven at 350 degree (177 C) for about 15-20 minutes, until tender.

    *This crisp is great served with ice cream or whipped cream.


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Lavender Petha

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And the gourd is back! With a candy recipe!

Lavender Petha | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: Several pieces
  • Difficulty: Advanced
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And the gourd is back! With a candy recipe!

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Ingredients

    Lavender Petha:
  • 1 large petha fruit (winter melon), peels, cored, and cut into 1×2 inch chunks
  • Water for soaking and cooking
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Directions

    Lavender Petha:
  1. Soak petha and baking powder in either a large pot or plastic zip-lock bag overnight.
  2. Drain petha and lightly rinse.
  3. Bring petha and fresh water to a boil and cook on high heat for about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Drain petha pieces.
  5. Dissolve sugar and 1 cup fresh water in pan over high heat.
  6. Add petha and continue to cook until water continues to evaporate and petha pieces start to form a nice, slightly thicker coating.
  7. Refrigerate petha in syrup along with lavender sprigs overnight.
  8. Return petha, syrup, and lavender sprigs to the pan and continue to cook on high heat until syrup becomes thick and sticky.
  9. Remove petha pieces and allow to dry several hours on baking rack, plastic wrap, or parchment paper.
  10. Store in an air-tight container or bag.

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Acorn Squash Custard

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Acorn Squash Custard

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Such a delight!

I seriously could eat this every day. It’s like a light and fluffy pumpkin pie, but with acorn squash.

Ingredients

    ACORN SQUASH CUSTARD:
  • 2-4 acorn squash, halved, seeds removed
  • 2-4 eggs, one for each half
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Directions

    ACORN SQUASH CUSTARD:
  1. Bake acorn squash halves in 350 degree (177 C) oven for about 15-20 minutes, until tender.
  2. Gently carve out acorn flesh, leaving a small margin of flesh behind so that skin remains intact.
  3. Blend acorn flesh, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and sugar until smooth.
  4. Pour blended mixture back into each acorn half.
  5. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until custard is cooked through.
  6. Serve warm.

Let me know if you try this one!

Acorn Squash Custard
 
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Sweet or Savory Butternut Custard: 2 Recipes

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Sweet or Savory Butternut Custard: 2 Recipes

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Two easy recipes: Pumpkin spice or green chile cheese!

I love butternut squash and I am so happy that I was able to grow these in my garden this year! It’s quickly become my most prized plant in my garden and so I am excited to share these recipes with you as we move into the autumn season!

You can make either one of these recipes, one being sweet and one being savory!

Ingredients

    SWEET OR SAVORY BUTTERNUT SQUASH CUSTARD: 2 RECIPES:
  • 2-4 butternut squash, halved, seeds removed
  • 2-4 eggs, one for each half
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (sweet)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar (sweet)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup roasted hatch green chiles, chopped (savory)
  • Sprinkle of shredded cheese, any kind, I used jack cheddar

Directions

    SWEET OR SAVORY BUTTERNUT SQUASH CUSTARD: 2 RECIPES:
  1. Bake butternut squash halves in 350 degree (177 C) oven for about 15-20 minutes, just until tender.
  2. Let slightly cool and gently carve out flesh, leaving a small margin of flesh behind so that skin remains intact.
  3. Blend butternut squash flesh, eggs, and either the sweet or savory ingredients until smooth, though it’s best to just stir in the chile and cheese for the savory one.
  4. Pour mixture back into each squash half.
  5. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until custard is cooked through.
  6. Serve warm.

Enjoy!

Sweet and Savory Butternut Custard | Erica Robbin
Sweet or Savory Butternut Custard | Erica Robbin
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Nintendo Game Inspiration: Honey Chocolate Cake from Overcooked!

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What can I say? This is an awesome game!

Overcooked! Video Game

For this recipe I attempted to use the 4 ingredients as outlined in the game, those being egg, flour, chocolate, and honey.

Overcooked!

Unfortunately my first attempt fell flat as a pancake and when I tried redeeming it, that one caved too. I ultimately fixed it but only had enough ingredients for one single rounded pan so that’s why it’s only one layer as you can see in the photo.

Nonetheless here is the final recipe I ended up using. It is more like a traditional vanilla butter cake. I just couldn’t get the rise and texture to be sponge like with the honey in there no matter the amount, so I converted it to a regular cake recipe with the addition of butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, salt, as well as cinnamon and nutmeg for an autumn flavor.

I think a lot of my lack of success had to do with the humidity because my whipped chocolate ganache would not hold either. This part still tasted good and I still stand by the ganache recipe because it is one I use all the time, just not when it’s 100% humidity.

This final recipe is so delicious!

Nintendo Game Inspiration: Honey Chocolate Cake from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 1-4 servings
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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With only 4 ingredients, this was a fun and challenging cake to make!


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Ingredients

    HONEY CHOCOLATE CAKE:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • CHOCOLATE ICING:

  • 6 oz 80% dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • WHIPPED CHOCOLATE GANACHE PIPING:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • HONEYCOMB DECOR CHOPPED:

  • Honeycomb, chopped

Directions

    HONEY CHOCOLATE CAKE:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree (177 C)
  2. Prepare two 9 inch cake pans with parchment rounds, lightly grease sides.
  3. Whip butter and sugar until pale using mixer.
  4. Stir in honey and vanilla.
  5. Stir in egg yolks that have been lightly beaten.
  6. Gently fold one-third of egg whites that have been beaten to soft peaks.
  7. Sift half of the flour mixture (flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg) over top and gently fold in.
  8. Gently fold in remaining egg whites.
  9. Divide batter between prepared pans, bake for 18-22 minutes, until cooked through.
  10. Transfer to cooling rack. After completely cool, may cut into layers and level as desired.
  11. CHOCOLATE ICING:

  12. Melt chocolate and stir in honey.
  13. CHOCOLATE WHIPPED GANACHE PIPING:

  14. Warm up heavy whipping cream and add chocolate, allow to melt and become smooth, then whip until soft peaks.
  15. ASSEMBLY:

  16. For cake assembly, smear a bit of icing onto surface of desired serving plate, top with one cake layer.
  17. Apply thin layer of chocolate icing and top with next layer and remaining chocolate icing.
  18. Pipe border around cake edges and middle with whipped chocolate ganache.
  19. Top with honey comb.
  20. Don’t forget to plate and serve on time, the customers are hungry!

Let me know if you have ever played this game and what level you are currently on in the comments below!

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Nintendo Game Inspiration: S’mores from Overcooked!

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Today is Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Pretty much every weekend this summer we’ve been having an Overcooked! for Nintendo Switch marathon.

Overcooked! Video Game

We’re working on beating the Campfire Cook Off one right now.

Overcooked!

It’s so difficult, I don’t know why. Actually I do know why, I either fall off the stairs or get the recipes mixed up on the level we’re working on right now. Adding two sausages instead of a bacon and sausage, I’ve been out of my element lately, but we’re hoping to beat it this weekend. We’re note even getting close to 3 stars at the moment! Trying some different strategies and we noticed that you can only pull so many meats at a time from the bin, otherwise they disappear.

Overcooked! Video Game

Here is the recipe for the strawberry and the banana s’mores.

Wish us luck in beating the game!

Nintendo Game Inspiration: S'mores from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 1-4
  • Difficulty: Easy to difficult
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Strawberry and banana s'mores, quite good!


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Ingredients

    NINTENDO GAME INSPIRATION: S’MORES FROM OVERCOOKED!:
  • Wood from the backpack, chopped
  • A plate
  • Graham crackers (we like to pre-plate them)
  • Marshmallows from the backpack, chopped
  • Strawberries from the bin, chopped
  • Bananas from the bin, chopped
  • Chocolate from the bin, chopped

Directions

    NINTENDO GAME INSPIRATION: S’MORES FROM OVERCOOKED!:
  1. Roast the marshmallows over the campfire by throwing from your place behind the counter, adding chopped wood to feed the fire as needed.
  2. Grab the marshmallows off of the fire with a plate.
  3. Chop the strawberries, bananas, and chocolate.
  4. Assemble them into a s’more.
  5. Deliver to the service window on time to fulfill the order before it falls off, you want a good tip!

Strawberry and Banana S'mores | Erica Robbin

Happy gaming! What level are you on?

Also do you like your marshmallows lightly toasted or burned like charcoal on the outside with ooey-gooey centers?

Nintendo Game Inspiration: S'mores from Overcooked! | Erica Robbin
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Lavender Caramel

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Lavender Caramel | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Light and not soapy.

Lavender. I love it. Here is a caramel syrup that’s great on ice cream and other desserts. It’s light and not soapy. I used lavender grown from my garden and was so excited to use it in a recipe!


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Ingredients

    LAVENDER CARAMEL:
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2-3 sprigs of lavender

Directions

    LAVENDER CARAMEL:
  1. Heat butter and sugar to a boil on med-high heat, stirring constantly and continue to boil for about 2-3 minutes, just until sugar is slightly dissolved.
  2. Stir in salt, cream, and lavender and continue to boil mixture for another 2 minutes until slightly thickened.
  3. Removed from heat and drizzle over ice cream, pastries, or any dessert of choice.

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Enjoy!

Lavender Caramel | Erica Robbin
Lavender Caramel | Erica Robbin
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Cardamon Hazelnut Banana Bread

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Cardamon Hazelnut Banana Bread | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 9-12 squares
  • Difficulty: Easy
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An autumnal twist on traditional banana bread.

I love cardamon. It’s probably my most favorite spice, though nutmeg is a very close second. I just love the warm, autumnal characteristic that it has. It’s a great spice to be the star of the show and an enhancement for many recipes. I love it in baked goods and it’s a wonderful ingredient in savory dishes such as curry or cardamon-scented rice.

Here is a banana bread recipe celebrates the coziness we all cherish this time of year.


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Ingredients

    CARDAMON HAZELNUT BANANA BREAD:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup toasted, chopped hazelnuts (set aside a couple of raw ones for the top)

Directions

    CARDAMON HAZELNUT BANANA BREAD:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 C) and prepare 9×9 baking dish with butter or parchment paper.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Mix in eggs.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, cardamon, nutmeg.
  5. Mix combined dry ingredients with wet ingredients, then incorporate banana and nuts.
  6. Pour batter into baking dish and sprinkle raw hazelnuts over top.
  7. Bake for about 30-50 minutes and enjoy warm with a pat of butter over top.

Cardamon Hazelnut Banana Bread | Erica Robbin
Cardamon Hazelnut Banana Bread | Erica Robbin

What is your favorite spice?

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Rose Petal Syrup

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Rose Petal Syrup | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Lightly rosy and perfect over vanilla ice cream.

My sister grew some beautiful edible tea roses that smell so fragrant and looked so gorgeous as she gave them to me in a vase. I admired them just until they were about to turn and thought, maybe I would like to try making a recipe out of them. I’ve never cooked rose petals before, so here it is, rose petal syrup. It’s so delicate, with hints of rose and pairs so well with vanilla ice cream.


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Ingredients

    ROSE PETAL SYRUP:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup edible rose petals

Directions

    ROSE PETAL SYRUP:
  1. Heat water and sugar to a boil on med-high heat, stirring constantly and continue to boil for about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in rose petals and continue to boil mixture for another 2 minutes until slightly thickened.
  3. Removed from heat and drizzle over ice cream, pastries, or any dessert of choice.

Here are some photos I took of the flowers, I’m thinking of painting a still life of the vase and creamer pour arrangement, they’re just so beautiful.

Roses | Erica Robbin

Let me know of any flower syrups or extracts you have tried making, also let me know how your garden is fairing, I’d love to know!

Roses | Erica Robbin
Rose Petal Syrup | Erica Robbin
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