Monday 21 April 2008

Rose and Lavender Tea Finger Cookies

George will be very pleased I have finally taken the plunge and made something containing rose and lavender. She has been trying to encourage me to do so for some time. Having never used scented ingredients,I was unsure of the outcome. I am happy to report they are just lovely. Very delicately flavoured and very moreish. The recipe comes from my recently purchased Cookie and Biscuit Bible by Catherine Atkinson. It calls for Lady Grey tea leaves but I substituted with some heavenly green tea leaves containing rose petals and lavender which were sent to me by dear Carlotta in Italy. I have loved looking and smelling this tea but it seemed such a waste to just make tea with it. This was an ideal opportunity to use it for something a little different.

Makes about 36
150gms /50z unsalted butter
115gms/4oz soft brown sugar
1-2 tablespoons Lady Grey tea leaves
1 egg beaten
200gms/7oz plain flour
Demarara sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 190.C/375.F/Gas 5
Line two or three baking shets with non-stick baking parchment.
Beat the bitter and sugar together until light and creamy
Stir in the tea leaves
Beat in the egg
Carefully fold in the flour
Roll the dough into a cylinder about 23cm/9 inches long.
Gently flatten the top of it with your hand.
Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for about an hour until firm
Using a sharp knife cut the dough into 5mm/1/4 inch slices and lay slightly apart on the prepared baking trays
Sprinkle with demerara sugar and bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned
Using a palette knife remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool



Anonymous said...

Wow Brenda! I was wondering if you were going to get round to a bit of floral cooking, now you have there's no going back.

They look divine. I must try them.

George xx

hungryandfrozen said...

They sound deliciously fragrant, and I love how you photographed them :)

Rosie said...

Stunning Brenda - well done on using fragrant addtions!!

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

I've just taken a batch out of the oven. Am eating one with a cup of rose tea - delightful.

Anonymous said...

Wow - never thought of baking anything using scented tea.
AnnaBanana Xxx.

Elle said...

Beautiful! And a delicious use of fragrant tea.

Maria♥ said...

Brenda these are beautiful!


Anonymous said...

I HAVE to make these! They look delicious Brenda.

Francesca x

Anonymous said...

these are so

violets said...

Wow Granny, these look amazing, thank goodness you've at last joined the floral food club, lol.

Vi xx

Anna's kitchen table said...

What a stunning photograph Brenda! They look absolutely delightful!

Anonymous said...

Wow Granny - they look amazing.

Little Mamma

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Brenda they look divine!
They'd be lovely for afternoon tea.
Erica x

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

These sound lovely, I've lavender in the press I got in Borough Market and am always wondering would it be nice in recipes or taste like soap??? Must try it out soon so

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you all for your lovelyy comments. I was so pleased with my first foray into scented cookery

Vicky said...

Brenda, you should work in graphics. I should be commenting on your beautiful food, but your photo's are just gorgeous! You could teach Photoshop, just brilliant!

Vicky xxx

Kelly-Jane said...

They are gorgeous! You are on a fab cookie run just now :)

Nickki said...

These cookies look absolutely gorgeous Granny! Very elegant looking. By the way, all of your pictures are stunning. xx

Anna's kitchen table said...

Dear Brenda,
please take a quick look at my blog - you take such lovely food photos I've tagged you to do your top 10, please!!


Anna xxx

Ms O said...

Your cookies sound and look divine, Brenda! Very yummy. :)

Lea xo

Elle said...

Hi there, Granny!

I've passed along the E for Excellent Award to your blog! :)

Unknown said...

Brenda, they look delightful....pretty little things aren't they!?! Did you enjoy the flavourings in them in the end?
Well done!
P.s I love your blog!!!
Loulou x

Rhyleysgranny said...

Elle thank you so much. I am honoured to receive the ward. I have left a note on your blog