Strawberry Rose Meltaways and Rosewater Meringue Kisses – Two Great Treats as a Gift Idea

Try these two great treat recipes as a gift idea to your loved ones courtesy of Country Hill Cottage and Meadow Brown Bakery. They even come with a printable gift box!

Recently, I have very much enjoyed reading and sharing Country Hill Cottage’s (@CHCottage) tweets. They share beautifully creative recipes along with tips and tricks to become better at cooking, baking, cake decorating, flower arranging, crafting and more. I recently caught wind of their summer collaboration with Meadow Brown Bakery (@meadowbrownbake) for a Raspberry Rose inspired theme. The product of which were these two recipes I wanted to share with you. They make a great gift idea and they come with their very own free printable gift box! The link to which can be found here: http://chcotta.ge/bl0148

Strawberry Rose Meltaways

“Just as the name suggests, our strawberry rose meltaways have a delicate, melt-in-your mouth texture. These biscuits are made with dried rose petals, and filled with an airy strawberry and rosewater buttercream making them irresistible and full of flavour!” 

Materials
For the biscuits
230 g (1 cup / 2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp rose water
125 g (1 cup) all-purpose flour plus some extra
110 g (1 cup) cornflour (cornstarch)
60 g (1/2 cup) powdered (icing/confectioner’s) sugar

For the buttercream
10 g freezed-dried strawberries
80 g unsalted butter, softened
120 g powdered sugar
1 – 2 tbsp rose water

For the decoration
60 g (2 oz) milk chocolate, melted
dried rose petals

Tools
kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons
blender or food processor
handheld mixer with whisk attachments
large mixing bowls
large metal spoon
sieve
rubber spatula
clingfilm (plastic/saran wrap)
rolling pin
round cookie cutter (4 cm/ 1.5 in)
silicone or non-stick baking mat
baking tray (sheet)

Rosewater Meringue Kisses

“This is a collaboration video with the lovely ladies at Country Hill Cottage for their raspberry rose inspired theme. 

I will show you how to bake these pretty beautiful rosewater flavoured meringue cookies called meringue kisses. I sandwiched the Rosewater flavoured meringue kisses with rosewater flavoured Swiss meringue buttercream.”

Ingredients

  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons rosewater
  • pinch of salt
  • culinary rose petals (optional)
  • rose pink food colouring (optional)

Method

  • Pre-heat your oven to 95 Celsius and prepare 3 baking trays with baking paper and put them to one side
    Add you egg whites in a large bowl and start whisking them with a a hand whisk or electric whisk until soft peaks start to appear
  • Then add your sugar a tablespoon at a time and whisk well until sugar is well mixed and the meringue is nice and glossy
  • Finally add in your rosewater and salt and whisk
  • If you are using rose petals you can fold them in or reserve them to sprinkle on top of the meringues when piped.
  • Get a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle and use a paint brush to paint inside and then spoon your meringue mixture inside.
  • Start piping your meringues onto the prepared baking trays and then you will notice they have two colours. You can sprinkle some rose petals on top too if you wish.
  • Put them in the oven and bake for 1hour 30 minutes and then turn of the oven and leave them in there to cool completely.
  • When they are cooled, remove them from the oven and remove them from the baking paper and sandwich them with this Swiss meringue buttercream or leave them like that.
  • Only sandwich them when you want to eat them because they will go soft and chewy but they can stay hard for a few days without being sandwiched.
  • Serve sprinkled with rose petals (optional)

I highly recommend following both Country Hill Cottage and Meadow Brown Bakery on Twitter. They share great content every day and some stunning recipes. Let us know if you do have a go at either of these fantastic recipes!

 

Health Benefits of Coffee

Spread the good news! It turns out coffee can be good for you as it carries a number of health benefits. Do excuse me while I go and grab myself a brew…

Hey, coffee lover. Did you know that drinking coffee on a daily basis bring many health benefits? And the good thing is, it’s backed up by science. So it’s not just any myth. Without further ado, here are some reasons why drinking coffee is good for the body.

1. It boosts energy levels.
2. It helps burn fat faster.
3. Caffeine helps improve physical performance.
4. Coffee contains nutrients good for the body.
5. It reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
6. Drinking coffee helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
7. It reduces the risk of Parkinson’s.
8. It helps protect the liver.
9. Drinking coffee makes us happier.
10. It lowers the risk of some types of cancer.

health benefits of coffee

Source: Health Benefits of Coffee

Why not join us at Barnsgate for a coffee? We are serving all day with a selection of cakes and scones. What’s more, you can enjoy it on our patio with the stunning views of the South Downs in this gorgeous weather. You can book your spot here

“Shazam for Food” – Pinterest’s New Lens Feature

Struggling for ideas of what to eat? Take a picture of your ingredients and let Pinterest’s new feature come up with something for you!

It truly is a golden age we live in. I noticed an article shared by @TheFoodigans on Twitter about a new “Shazam for Food” feature. Of course, by this point, my interest had been piqued. This “Shazam for Food” is referencing Pinterest’s new “Lens” feature.

Lens has been previously used to identify different objects. You take a picture through the Pinterest app and it will try to identify this object and link to relevant information. One of the most popular searches/categories on Pinterest is “Food” With thousands of food bloggers sharing their recipes and showcasing their culinary works. So, of course, Lens had to be adapted to accommodate this huge group of people.

Say you have a plate of food in front of you. Simply snap a picture of it and Pinterest will again, try to identify this dish and also provide you with relevant recipes to reproduce it. Say you have no dish in front of you but a mish-mash of ingredients that you simply don’t know how to put together. Take a picture of it and you will be hit with creative ideas of how to combine these ingredients to make something awesome! In theory…

The app feature is still in its beta phase. Sometimes it gets confused. You may be hit with a message telling you that the app is still learning and it needs help to identify what is in the image. Once this recognition software starts to get the idea, I really believe this is going to take off. Pinterest is the one-stop shop for the most creative and brilliant ideas. This feature will allow people to discover new dishes and get creative with their cooking.

Have you tried the new Lens feature on Pinterest? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you haven’t tried it. Why not come down to Barnsgate and give it a go? I’d be quite interested to see what it makes of our locally famous steak and kidney pie!

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Tasty Tagging Tips for Food Bloggers!

For the Foodies out there! I found these tips by Crecynthia from Millionaires Digest very useful. Hopefully you will too!

 

Article Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Crecynthia R. Founder & Owner of: Falvor Me This Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Food Writer Hello fellow foodies! Are some of you having trouble increasing your blog’s traffic? Perhaps your blog’s Instagram isn’t getting as much love you’d like? While there can be multiple reasons behind this, consider taking a […]

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Which Wines Pair With Which Meals?

When it comes to pairing meals with wines. A beginner may assume that it is a science far beyond them. It’s not! Here’s a how-to for you to reference.

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If you want to take your wine knowledge that little bit further and impress your friends. Why not try this book? Hugh Johnson provides clear succinct facts and commentary on the wines, growers and wine regions of the whole world. He reveals which vintages to buy, which to drink and which to cellar, which growers to look for and why. Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book gives clear information on grape varieties, local specialities and how to match food with wines that will bring out the best in both. This year’s special anniversary edition also contains a colour supplement exploring 40 fascinating stories from cities with great vineyards close by to ‘new’ grapes that have come on the scene.

Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2017 Hardcover – 8 Sep 2016