I’ve officially got Olympics fever; me and some friends all watched the opening ceremony together and felt a bit weepy and proud (especially the deaf national anthem and the gorgeous torch cauldron – so moving), then me and my friend Pippa woke up early today and watched the cycling road race go down the end of our road, though they were going so fast I barely even saw who was from the English team! Anyway, seeing as I’m horrifically sniffly and ill today, and therefore am staying inside huddled in a blanket, I thought I’d bake something that for me, felt really English and lovely – vanilla and rose melting biscuits. I love the beautiful English-ness of roses, and so I thought it would feel sort of patriotic to make sweet little biscuits. My Mum couldn’t get enough of them as well, they tasted absolutely divine, really melty in your mouth, and rose and vanilla go together so well, as they’re both quite delicate flavours.
I’m feeling really sleepy and under-the-weather now though… My excuse for eating about 4 with a big cup of tea?
125g of vegan margarine
25g of icing sugar
125g of plain flour
Quarter of a teaspoon of baking powder
Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
Icing sugar and a teaspoon of rosewater to ice, and crystallised rose petals to decorate – you can find rosewater in chemists and health food shops – I got mine and my crystallised rose petals from a little chocolate shop in St Ives a week ago.
- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Beat the margarine until smooth, then add the icing sugar and beat until pale and fluffy.
- Sift in the flour and baking powder, beat well and add in the vanilla.
- Spoon teaspoon sized balls of the mixture onto a greased and lined baking tray, then bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Leave to cool completely before icing, then top each with a crystallised rose petal.