Rose petal jam
This was truly an unexpected treat.
John bought a beautiful book called Rose Petal Jam by Beata Zatorska and Simon Target. It tells the story of a woman’s return to her childhood home and haunts in Poland, and shares recipes for personal and regional favourites.
Before John started reading the book, Rajmund brought home some pączki – doughnuts filled with rose petal jam. First taste and we agreed we needed more of these doughnuts and lots more of the jam. It’s delicious. Of course, it’s very sweet too.
This is the recipe for the jam.
Take 3-4 handfuls of wild rose petals, picked in the morning, and 0.5kg of sugar.
Put the petals in a mortar and while slowly pouring in the sugar, crush the petals.
You’ll be left with a deep red paste, which will keep up to two years in sterilised jars.
We’d certainly recommend the book as a coffee table book (the photographs are stunning), for recipes and for the story of Poland in the 60s and 70s and today.