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Mar 24, 2009 05:13 PM

desserts with rose water?

I am looking for a pound cake recipe that uses rose water, also any other cake or cookie recipes that use rose water.
Thank you in advance!

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      Dear MCSheridan
      Thank you, what a resource you are. I am trying the poundcake this weekend. I love old, old recipes.

    2. Does it have to be cake or can it be any dessert? I have a great dessert that uses rose water but it doesn't involve cake or cookies.

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      1. re: cups123

        Thank you cups123, I would love to try it whatever type of dessert it is.

        1. re: Inchicago

          Try making persian ice cream (you can use already made vanilla ice cream).


 ( I have never heard of sahlab and mastic - 2 ingredients in this recipe! And i'm sure it would be fine without it)

          1. re: cups123

            This dessert of the month club site looks wonderful. Many great ideas there. (Banana caramel cake!) I looked for the persian ice cream there but didn't find it. Do you know where on the site it is?

            A family member made something that I think might be like it starting with a good vanilla ice cream and adding rose water, pistachios, saffron and I think maybe a little cardomon. Would love to compare that with the other recipe.

            1. re: karykat

              Its right at the top of the link.

              1. re: cups123

                Don't know how I missed that. This looks just like what I was thinking of. Good to have some proportions for giving it a try myself.


            2. re: cups123

              Sahlab you can get at most Middle Easter markets. It usually comes in a box and people generally make it into a hot drink. It's ground up dried orchid tuber. Actually very delicious as the drink!

              And resin from a tree. I haven't seen it anywhere until I was @ But I'm sure it's sold elsewhere. I'm not sure you can substitute mastic with anything else...maybe someone else here would know. But my guess would be no.

        2. It's not a pound cake but I love Claudia Roden's pistachio cake

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          1. Home made marzipan comes to mind.

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            1. re: TimCarroll

              Thank you Tim, didn't know marzipan had rose water.

            2. LA has a large Persian population. One will typically find ice creams infused with rose water, saffron, pistachios, and the list goes on. Cookies and candies are typically infused with rose water as well. I've only enjoyed these - never made them. But I have also enjoyed fresh strawberries with a mix of sugar, a small grind of black pepper, a little lemon zest as well as a squeeze of the juice, Spanish sherry vinegar, and rose water as a nice high note.

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              1. re: bulavinaka

                Ahh yes. This is the kind of ice cream I've had from a family member with a persian restaurant.

                1. re: karykat

                  Here's a local icon of sorts in this category .


                  One can find little Persian markets and ice cream shops in LA where a "little old man has been making Persian treats all his life" kind of situation, but Mashti Malone is readily accessible around town.