Baking with rose-scented geranium is pure pleasure. One of our longest-standing and most loved recipes is our rose geranium scones. Served with home-made strawberry jam and a dollop of fresh whipped cream, they have remained a favourite throughout the years.
Add fresh rose geranium leaves to custards, straining them out once the custard is cooked. When next you bake a plain vanilla cake or a Madeira cake, place a circle of fresh rose geranium leaves onto the base of the oiled pan and pour the cake mixture over it before baking. Remove the leaves once the cake has cooled. The whole cake will taste of rose geraniums!
(makes 12 scones)
1 1⁄2 cups cake flour
1⁄2 cup Nutti Wheat2 tablespoonfuls sugar
4 teaspoonfuls baking powder
1 egg beaten into 1 cup of milk
Pinch of salt
3 level tablespoonfuls finely chopped fresh rose geranium leaves
Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub it lightly into the flour mixture with the fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the chopped rose-scented geranium leaves and lightly mix in.
Now add the milk mixture until it forms a dough – add a little more milk if necessary. Turn it out onto a board that has been sprinkled with flour and with a very light hand gently pat it out 2 cm thick (don’t knead it). Cut rounds with a cookie cutter or cut into squares and place them onto a well-buttered baking sheet. Bake at 220°C for about 10 minutes until lightly browned. Split in half while still warm and serve with butter, strawberry jam and whipped cream.
ROSE-SCENTED GERANIUM TEA
This tea is excellent for headaches, tension, grief, anxiety, cramps and spasms. It relaxes the digestive system as well as the nervous system, and banishes that feeling of helplessness and tearfulness. One of the most pleasant medicinal teas, it’s a top favourite in our restaurant at the Herbal Centre!
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1⁄4 cup fresh rose geranium leaves and sprigs, stand 5 minutes, sweeten with a touch of honey if you like, and sip it slowly.
ROSE GERANIUM SPRAY
For smoke-filled rooms or to freshen up stale air and clear smells, boil up 2 cups of fresh rose geranium leaves in 1 litre of water for 10 minutes. Strain, pour into a spritz spray bottle and spray the room liberally. Not only is it refreshing, but it helps to clear the air and gets rid of the smell of smoke in a room. Spray a fine mist onto the curtains too!