This is an adaptation, a new adaptation this week, but I had so many people asking for it that just had to put it down in writing.
125g (4oz) butter
1 cup castor sugar
2 tablespoons rose syrup
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
300g (9 1/2oz) carton sour cream
Grease a deep 23cm (9") square cake pan; line with paper.
Cream butter, essence and sugar in small bowl. Add 2 eggs, one at a time and beating after each addition. Add rose syrup, then sour cream and self raising flour (half and half). Finally mix in the coconut. Spoon into the prepared cake pan.
Bake in a moderate oven for about an hour. Stand before turning out.
I made a royal icing (icing sugar and boiling water) and added a tablespoon of rose syrup. The original Australian Women's Weekly recipe suggested Coconut Ice Frosting:
2 cups icing sugar
1 1/2 cups coconut
2 egg whites lightly beaten
pink food colouring
Combine sifted icing sugar in a bowl with coconut and egg whites; mix well. If desired, tint pink with a little colouring.
Make sure you use roses that have not been sprayed with insectides (and rose petals that therefore are edible). Place rose petals in 2 cups water and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and measure. Add an equal quantity of sugar to water and bring again to the boil.
Christmas around the world
8 years ago