Recipe of the week: rose and pistachio little buns from Baking with Fortitude by Dee Rettali

10 December 2021
Recipe of the week: rose and pistachio little buns from Baking with Fortitude by Dee Rettali

At Fortitude, I top these rosewater-flavoured buns with organic dried rose buds from the Merzouga valley in Morocco. I have visited this region on many occasions, where you are always greeted by the heady floral smell of organic roses.

Makes 12 little buns

  • 12-hole muffin tin or easy-release silicone mould, greased well with oil
  • 170ml pomace oil (or light virgin olive oil)
  • 200g unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 125g fine semolina
  • 50g pistachios, finely ground into a flour
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 25ml rosewater

To decorate

  • 250g icing sugar
  • 25g finely chopped pistachios
  • 12 dried rose buds (optional)

In a large bowl, beat together the pomace oil and caster sugar with an electric whisk until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time and continue to mix until combined, but do not overmix.

In a separate bowl, combine the semolina, ground pistachios, ground almonds and baking powder.

Fold the semolina mixture into the whipped olive oil mix using a metal spoon. When it is almost combined, add the rosewater and gently fold through. Leave overnight in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Fold any oil that is sitting on the surface back into the mixture to combine again. Making sure that the muffin tin or mould is greased well with oil, divide the mixture equally between the holes of the tin or mould, then place it on a baking tray. Bake in the centre of the hot oven for 22 minutes or until the buns feel set to the touch.

Transfer the buns from the tin or mould to a wire cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

To make the icing, mix the icing sugar with just enough warm water to make a thick paste. Spread the top of each bun with the icing using the back of a spoon and sprinkle over the pistachios. If preferred, place a dried rose bud in the middle of each bun.

When stored in an airtight container in the fridge, these little buns will keep for seven days.

To ferment

Once mixed, store the cake batter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Fold any oil sitting on the surface back into the mixture before baking.

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