While the Midwest was getting snowed in, Rebecca and I were in the kitchen working on some new recipes, and we came up with a very interesting one that I want to share with you: Rose Pistachio.
Let me explain, when Rebecca first told me she wanted to purchase Rose Water, I was incredibly confused. She expressed that in honor of Valentine's day, we should introduce the rose to our cupcakes. I thought people only used rose water for perfumes! Rebecca explained to me that you are able to bake with it, and it lends a fantastic flavor to desserts. So I said I was in, and we started the search for rose water. We researched how you make rose water figuring it may keep costs down. Ha, YEA RIGHT! You have to buy roses, set them on a brick, in a bowl, with some water and steam them for hours...ummm no thanks. Then one of our friends suggested to cut costs that I find a man to buy me roses, and we use those to make the rose water. After that suggestion... I called Whole Foods. Not because I have a crush on the cheese guy, but because I know it would be cheaper, financially and emotionally to buy the rose water, if you know what I mean. Once again Whole Foods came to the rescue, and the recipe was coming together.
Rebecca suggested that we chop Pistachios in the batter to give another texture and flavor, and I couldn't have gotten my knife out any faster. I love Pistachios. Rebecca kept yelling at me because I would chop some, eat some, chop some, eat some. I really am a great baker....trust me. After I chopped / ate half of the bag of Pistachios, the cupcakes were in the oven. The kitchen began to fill with the delicate aroma of roses with a hint of the buttery pistachios. At this point we were happy bakers, I mean what women doesn't love a kitchen smelling like cupcakes and roses? After the 17 minutes of baking, it was finally time to taste the delights....and they were awesome! We filled them with a vanilla pistachio frosting, which carried the pistachio flavor into the vanilla, which gave you a hint of lemon, and it finished with the floral rose flavor. What a flavor experience and combination! Once again Rebecca was right, and we now have a new delicious cupcake.
We were recently asked to make desserts for West End Bistro, 87 West Wine Bar's sister restaurant. You can taste the Pistachio Rose cupcake at either place. Please go and enjoy, and let us know what you think!
Posted on Thu, February 3, 2011
by Tiffany O'Neill filed under