Roses are as you can tell, one of my preferred flowers, and already play a major role in most of the Nature Therapy products. When I saw an Instagram video of whole roses being folded into a cinnamon roll style bread, my head started plotting!
Delicate rose petals, sweet sugar and heady scents of cardamom and vanilla are an uplifting medley to the morning table – roses and cardamom as a flavour match beautifully well.
A few notes on following this recipe – this dough for the cinnamon roll is one of the best ones I’ve eaten so far – yes, I’m not very humble. But the first part of the dough mixing is a little tricky, and each time I make this (I’m perhaps on #148-th time), I tend to find myself doubting the recipe, just to recall, oh yes, this happens each time! This is a very wet and sticky dough – and very hard to manoeuvre, especially by hand. This is one of those moments that I wish for a kitchen aid kneader, which would be a breeze with this dough. But fret not, I write knead this dough for 10 minutes and honest-to-god, if you are doing this by hand, skip it to just bare minimum mixing with a fork and all the muscle power you have in your arms – and then place the dough into a new bowl and have faith that in 8 hours, you are going to have a beautifully malleable dough! The portion of rose petal is conservative from my side, as I do live in a house of rose-wary people (blasphemy, I know!), but this amount gives a reasonable amount of rose flavour and whiffs for the general. You could also go in and add ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon, but for me, cinnamon and roses at times tend to clash and I wanted the flavour to be as subtle as possible.
Give this one a shot for a special occasion!