Today I was in a romantic mood, for no particular reason really, but that inspired me to make this roses cake or "torta delle rose". Since buying it in Italy some time ago, I have been having it in mind for quite some time!
This is a very soft, fragrant and beautiful sweet bread with the consistency of brioche pastry. The smell when you cook it is overwhelming: my house smelled like a bakery today and my neighbour just came in to see what that smell was! So we waited for the cake to cool down and had a cup of coffee and cake together! Had a great afternoon 🙂
I have made the filling with raisins and cream but you can use custard, jam, butter cream or chocolate spread or anything you like.
- Prep Time : 30 min + 2 hours resting time minutes
- Cook Time : 30 minutes
Melt the yeast with the lukewarm milk
Sift the flour on the melted yeast and stir it in
Add the eggs, sugar, diced butter, vanilla extract and lemon zest
Work the ingredients well with your hands and shape it into a smooth ball.
Let it rest for a couple of hours in a warm placed covered with a cloth
In a bowl mix the sultanas with the cream
Work the dough with your hands again for a few minutes and with a rolling pin flatten it into a long rectangle about 1/2 cm thick
Spread the cream and sultanas mixture over the dough
Roll it to make a long sausage
Cut it like a salami with a knife about 2 cm thick
Put a sheet of baking paper over a round baking tin and put the smaller roses at the centre and the bigger ones around them. Let it rest again covered with a cloth for about 1 hour.
Brush it with milk and cook at 180 C for 30 minutes. Dust with vanilla powdered sugar.