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Rose Water Brownies

I have 2 old rambling spreading rugosa rose bushes in my perennial flower bed, they bloom profusely. The scent drifts through the yard for most of the summer and their rose hips grow fat and orange in the fall. These rose bushes were here when I bought the house from my parents in 1994 and my mom moved them here in 1975 when they bought the house. Before that they were part of older rose bushes that had been in our valley since the 1930s, at least. These rugosa roses, known as the Sitka Rose are perhaps the only perennial rose in Alaska except for the Prickly Wild Roses. I’ve seen 3 color variations and 2 petal variations of these flowers:1 hot deep pink, 1 mild light pink, 1 white-petals are either 5-6 single petals (almost like a wild rose) to many many petals. Mine are both the many petal versions in light pink and hot deep pink. I did have a white rose that was purchased about 10 years ago but I got rid of it because the petals either got slimy in the rain or baked to a crispy brown.

I found the recipe for rose water in one of my all time favorite books on Alaskan plants, Discovering Wild Plants by Janice Schofield,  a long time ago. I’ve been wanting to make it for a while now but never seemed to have gumption and time coincide, then I did. So I made some and I’m so glad I did, it smells heavenly.  Not only can you use it to wash your face and keep your skin clear but you can in a pinch use it to give brownies a bit of a lift when you realize you are out of organic vanilla extract. I found that out the delicious way, desperately delicious that is.

Here are the directions for rose water

a brick or large flat rock
fresh rose petals (3 to 4 quarts)
distilled water
ice cubes
enamel canning or stock pot with lid
glass canning jar

place the brick in the middle of the pot and place the canning jar on top of it
fill the bottom of the pot with the rose petals and pour water over them until the petals are just covered
the rim of the jar should be at least a couple inches higher than the water
cover the pot with its lid, but position the lid upside down so that you have a dipped “container” to hold the ice on top (to be added later)
turn on the heat and bring the water to a boil
once the water is boiling, fill the top of the inverted pot lid with ice cubes
turn the heat down and keep at a bare simmer for about two hours
top up the ice as needed and quickly peek occasionally to see that the petals don’t boil dry
this process will enable condensation to form on the top inside of the pot lid
the condensation will drip down into the jar inside the pot, the liquid inside the bowl is your rose water

Store your rose water in the fridge and be aware that it will only last around a week, two at most. I guess this means you’ll have to use it up!

Now onward to the Rose Water Brownies, of course you can use your favorite brownie recipe but this heavenly brownie recipe is my favorite. I don’t like ‘cake’ brownies if I wanted cake I’d make cake. Give me thick gooey fudge brownies any day, even today would be nice, you know, if you want to.

Fudge-tastic Brownies-oven 350˚
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 TBSP rose water
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt

butter an 8×8 pan and set aside
in a large sauce pan over medium high heat
melt the butter
remove from the heat
add the cocoa powder and stir well
add the sugar, again stirring well
let the mixture cool for 5 minutes or so
add the eggs beating well after each egg
then add the rose water
in a small bowl mix the flour and salt together
pour into the wet ingredients and stir well
do not over beat just stir to combine, making sure there aren’t any flour spots left
bake for 25 minutes then turn oven off and let them cool 10 minutes
remove from oven and cool completely

I took these to the teachers training to be our new wonderful Waldorf teachers in our new wonderful Waldorf inspired Charter School. I think they liked them, there weren’t any left. And they all kind of swooned when I walked in with a platter of these sprinkled with extra rose petals.

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12 thoughts on “Rose Water Brownies”

  1. Well aren't you fancy! I love that you made your own rosewater from roses from your garden- that's so cool and so YOU!

    These brownies look great too. Fudgey all the way.

  2. Thanks Monica!! I love how you said it's so YOU that made me feel good 🙂

    The brownies I love! even without rose water they are the best recipe!

  3. Since I don't have any rose water (or roses) I think I'll make the brownies without it, as it seems they would still be fantastic! I'm assuming it's 1/2 cup of cocoa?

  4. Seriously, can I move in with you? You're so creative and magical, Laura!

    I love rose water, and I'll bet its amazing in the brownies. Me want!

  5. Oh how special Laura! I have never made rose water, only heard of it. I love your inclusion in the brownies! 🙂 Thank you for sharing with Friday Firsts this week!

  6. How incredible awesome! Just the making of the rosewater blows my mind (that's a sh*t-ton of rose petals!!). It's so very…Garden Spells or perhaps Practical Magic (which I adore). Thank you for sharing this with Two for Tuesdays this week =)

  7. Laura, as a child, my granny taught me to make rosewater and she would buy it off me for her bath and also cooking! thanks for reminding me of her! I also made some rose hips syrup this week, which if your roses have nice big hips you could try! Thanks for sharing this on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! 🙂 [email protected]

  8. It has never once occurred to me to make my own rose water (*smacks head*). This is fantastic, and holy cow, to pair it with chocolate, genius. Thank you for sharing with Two for Tuesday.

  9. What a great post – I love rose water and use it in all sorts of things (heavenly in plum and almond crumble), including ice cream. Have never tried making my own – what an amazing process.

  10. Whenever I see directions like yours on how to make rose petal water I think to myself "how did they come up with that?????"
    the brownies sound out of this world. thanks for linking this to Two for Tuesdays!


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