Monday, 9 January 2012

Gulkand Cookies - Candied Rose Petal and chocolate Cookies

                    Last year, this time of the year, I was walking around wrapped in warm sweaters, much to the teasing of the people around, but this year,  I haven’t even pulled my woollen clothes out yet and  it feels like summer has already set in, with the temperature still high, the days are hot quite contrary to what it used to be, presumably a prelude to a long, hot and sweaty summer this time!

   Pale pink rose petals marinated in sugar, packed with health benefits and rich, sweet rose flavour ; that’s ‘Gulkand’ or Candied Rose Petals. As a kid, I was fed with jars and jars of Gulkand with the faint hope of my father, that it would improve my skin tone, that wasn’t fair compared to his other kids. I don’t know if it helped, but I was enjoying the sugary treat for sometime but soon got fed up, that even after decades the taste of gulkand, still lingers in my memory.

 A post on 'gulkand cookies' in  good food magazine, rekindled my childhood memories and for the shear curiosity of going through that ‘ sweet torture‘ all again, I couldn’t postpone making these cookies and it was all given away, before I could devour every one of them. The roses in the picture are not the ones used for making gulkand, it’s a lovely pale pink rose, which was usually grown in almost every home garden back in those days. Now it’s so rare to even been seen. These red roses are the darker version of the pale pink rose, with a slight bitter taste. Nevertheless,
                                                                                                              " a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose"
                                                                                                                                                                     -  Gertrude Stein.

                                The picture above is small part of a wedding invitation from a well known family, that came with a certain style. The  beautiful thoughts of the groom, expressed in his wedding invitation and those  meaningful words which outline the rules of a perfect marriage is quite impressive and I guess this  couple seemed to have understood that before tying the knot.

Unsalted butter                  12 tbsp
sugar                                    1 cup
Light brown sugar             1/2 cup
Large egg                            1
Egg yolk                              1
Heavy cream                      2 tbsp
Gulkand                              1/2 cup
Flour                                   2 1/4 cups
Baking soda                        1 tsp
Salt                                      1/2 tsp
Semisweet chocolate        2 cups, finely chopped

Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl and melt in a double boiler ( The book says in a microwave for 15 - 30 seconds on low power). Let it cool slightly.
Blend in the egg and egg yolk.
Add the heavy cream and gulkand.
Stir until just combined and set aside. Do not over mix.
Sift flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl and fold into the wet mixture.
Gently stir in the chocolate.
Freeze the dough just until cold and firm, about 5 minutes.
Using a ice cream scoop, drop the dough a few inches apart onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 180*c in a preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to brown.

That’s gulkand  in the above picture, that was used in the cookies and the one I used had chopped nuts in it.
I used only a cup of chocolate chips and regretted for not using two cups!

Enjoy this with my favourite song ‘Angel' by Shaggy and this goes to all those who are in love.

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