The Perfect Roses in Bloom Pie is the treat you want to give to celebrate Mother’s Day!
It is a soft dough with an explosion of flavors and colors. Moreover, strawberries are the perfect fruit to show all your love. And the bouquet shape will surprise your mom as well!
The first Perfect Roses in Bloom Pie was created in 1490 for the wedding of Francesco Gonzaga with Isabella d’Este. It is a renaissance Mantua culinary delicacy: a soft and buttery cake that reminds of a roses bouquet.
The recipe calls for a soft leavened dough, filled with a butter and sugar cream; roll it up and combine together the roses for a perfect bouquet!
The tradition provides a butter and sugar filling, but nowadays you can find different versions with chocolate cream or fruit preserve.
Since we always aim to propose simple and seasonal recipes, our recipe calls for sweet cherries preserve for the filling.
- 4 cups (500 g) bread flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 yolk
- 1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar
- 3/4 oz (1 bag) active dry yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) lukewarm whole milk
- 1 organic lemon (zest)
- 1 vanilla stick
- 1/2 stick (60 g) butter at room temperature
- 6 oz (220 g) Cornelian Cherry preserve (or any other you like better)
- 1/8 cups (20 g) Melted butter
- pearl sugar
- powdered sugar
- Mix the yeast with some milk until it melts.
- In the mixing bowl add the flour, the sugar, the melted sugar, the eggs and the yolk, the lemon zest, the vanilla beans, the rest of the milk. Mix for 10 minutes. Add the butter in small pieces, and the salt. Mix for 10 minutes more.
- Make a ball with the dough and let it rest for 2 hours in a covered bowl.
- Dust a surface or use some parchment paper and roll the dough in a thin rectangular shape (18"x15").
- Cut 7 stripes** of the same dimensions***
- Brush every stripe with some melted butter and add 2 teaspoons of preserve on top of every piece.
- Roll up every stripe in a rose shape.
- Brush with butter and dust with flour a baking pan (10" diameter) and start adding the roses from the center (keep them apart a little bit for the rising).
- Let it rest and rise for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 380F.
- Before baking the pie, brush it with butter and dust with pearl sugar.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes.
- Cover the pie for the first 15 minutes with an aluminum foil so it doesn't dry too much.
- Before taking the pie out of the baking pan, let it rest for 15 minutes. Then leave it on a cooling rack.
*The traditional filling calls for 2/3 cup (120 g) sugar and 1 stick (120 g) butter: mix them together until it smooths and spread the top of the stripes. ** As you can see, 7 roses are pretty big. If you prefer smaller roses, just cut the rectangular shape from the shortest side. *** Alternatively, spread the filling on the big rectangular shape and then cut it.
The Perfect Cornelian Cherry
The Perfect Cornelian Cherry is a typical product from a small village close by our home town, Cornedo Vicentino (vicenza).
The village name comes from the fruit itself. Indeed, the Cornelian Cherry is a red fruit, similar to the traditional cherry, with a longer shape.
Every year, the Cornelian Cherry Association conducts a census of all the Cornelian Cherry trees in the territory.
The legend says that the Greeks built the Trojan Horse with Cornelian Cherry wood.
Moreover, this fruit is a versatile ingredient for sweet and savory preparations, they are good when pickled, or for a preserve or jam.
The benefits of Cornelian Cherry
The benefits of Cornelian Cherry are many. Not only it is a sweet and tasteful fruit but it is a great source of antioxidants, calcium, iron, sodium, and zinc, all helpful to help healing skin conditions and joints pain.
Consumption of these berries and therapeutic formulations made from them helps speedy recovery from numerous ailments and restore to normal health after the illnesses.Consuming these berries on a regular basis helps to boost the functioning of liver by exercising a potent hepato protective action.Eating cornelian cherry also promotes the functioning of the kidneys.
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