Monday, August 27, 2012

Rose Petal Jam

This is a gorgeous, delicate treat, fragrant and very sweet,
the perfect preserve for a Victorian maiden.


Petals from damask roses give the most aromatic jam.
Only a small amount is needed and tastes divine with thick clotted cream on warm scones
or as a filling for sponge cakes.


Please use fresh roses 
not store bought roses.



Ingredients:

4 cups rose petals taken from your favorite rosebush
2 1/4 cups of sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
1 cup fresh water

Wash your roses.


Cut away the bottom of each petal, as this part can make the jam taste bitter.

Place the petals in a pan and pour over the water.
Heat very gently on the stove top for about 30 minutes to extract the color and fragrance.
As you can see, the petals have lost their color.


Remove petals and set aside.
Add the sugar and lemon juice to the pan and make sure all the sugar has dissolved.
Boil the mixture rapidly, allowing most of the liquid to evaporate.
You can now see how colorful the mixture is.
Once you add the lemon juice, the color comes alive.


When you are left with a very thick syrup,
put the petals back in and stir through the mixture to distribute evenly.
You can skip this step if you don't want to put the petals back in.


As only a small amount of this jam is used at any one time,
it is better kept in small 4oz jars.


Since fall is quickly approaching,
this is the perfect jam to make for those last few roses on your rosebush.

Enjoy, my friends!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

EVERYTHING YOU DO IS BEAUTIFUL!

Debbie Harris said...

This is so very beautiful! Nice job!

Ewa KM said...

I have to admit I never tried rose jam !

Desarae said...

Wow, this is amazing, Stephanie! I was looking for something to do with all of the roses we have right now, this will be perfect! I'm going to pick them and make this right now. Expect a share and link back post in the near future! :)

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