Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MAKE: Rose Pound Cake.

Anything rose-- I'll buy it, taste it, smell it…spritz it on my face. I'm going through a total rose phase right now. If flowery is not something you want to associate with consumption then I recommend skipping this recipe or omitting the rose. Of course then you are just left with pound cake, which I think is what Rob would have preferred me to make. His comment was, "it's a good, moist cake." Smart man. I, on the other hand, loved the floral, sweet flavor and thought it went best with a cup of coffee in the morning.  
I found this recipe on Pinterest and couldn't get it out of my mind. It kept calling me back to it. And oddly enough I was picking up the ingredients graduly without even realizing it. I bought a bottle of DRAM apothecary's Juniper Rose Syrup and then the rose water thinking I'd like to figure out ways of incorporating them into recipes-- and then I remembered this cake. Perfect.
A note on the ingredients: rose water can be purchased online or a smaller boutique grocery may carry it (if you are local I found mine at Marczyk's). The same goes for rose tea and again if you are local to Denver I bought mine at Apothecary Tinctura. Also, you can find the DRAM syrup here or here in town. 

Ingredients: Serves 7
For the cake:
1.5 sticks of butter 
1/2 cup of cream cheese or half of 8 ounce package
1.5 cups of granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1.5 cups of all purpose sifted flour
1 teaspoons of rosewater
For the glaze:
1 tbsp. of cooled rosebud tea
2 tbsp. of DRAM Juniper Rose Syrup 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1   cup sifted powdered sugar 
1/2 tbsp.  of buttermilk
Preheat oven to three hundred and twenty five degrees. Butter and flour a 6 inch bunt pan*. Set aside.
Make tea according to instructions.  Combine cooled tea, sugar and buttermilk. Set aside.
Using a stand or hand mixer, cream butter and cream cheese.
Gradually add sugar and beat until fluffy.
Slowly add eggs; one at a time.
In stages, incorporate sifted flour in but do not overbeat.
Add rosewater to mixture (the batter will be thick). Transfer into pan.   
Cooking time is around one hour and 30 minutes. Use the toothpick method to test doneness.
Let cool in pan and then convert to cooling rack.
To make the icing, mix all ingredients together until smooth. 
Pour glaze over cake and garnish with rose petals, if desired.
* if you only have a 9 in. bunt pan, double the recipe
Original Recipe found here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wandering Wednesday: Lately.

I feel like this batch of photos really sums up what I've been doing the past few months. I realize my postings have been sparse and I'd like to say that things have been too crazy to sit and write it all down, but that's not exactly true. So what's happening? I've been really enjoying my downtime. Life so far in 2014 has looked a lot like this...kitten, snow, friends, 60 degree weather, more snow, movies, cooking, beers, mountains, cocktails, friends, get it. Work falls somewhere in there too of course, and stress, and the occasional break down. But the older I get, the more I realize that doing things for yourself feels so good, and saying 'no' because you just don't feel like it is totally allowed. So that's sort of been my mantra for this year thus far. I read this article the other day and thought the advice was spot on. I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes (although there are many) : 

 1. If you worry less about what people think of you, you can pick up an astonishing amount of information about them. You no longer leave conversations wondering what just happened. Other people’s minds and motives are finally revealed.

2. There are no grown-ups. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.

3. There are no soul mates. In fact, “soul mate” isn’t a pre-existing condition. It’s an earned title. They’re made over time.

4. Emotional scenes are tiring and pointless. 

5. Forgive your exes, even the awful ones. They were just winging it, too.

6. Just say “no.” Never suggest lunch with people you don’t want to have lunch with. They will be much less disappointed than you think.

7. By your 40s, you don’t want to be with the cool people; you want to be with your people.

8. When you’re wondering whether she’s his daughter or his girlfriend, she’s his girlfriend.

Really though, you should make yourself a cup of coffee...sit down and read the whole thing. Trust me, it will make you feel pretty great ;)