Make Easter extra special by making your very own Easter treats. These rose pillow sweets make great Easter gifts.
Skill level: Master chef
- 250g (8oz) granulated sugar
- 50g (1¾oz) liquid glucose
- 2 tbsp rose water
- Concentrated pink liquid colour
- Oil, for greasing
- Sugar thermometer
- Marble or granite work surface
- Latex or vinyl gloves
- Pour 5 tbsp water into a pan and add the sugar and liquid glucose. Place the pan over a low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Use a damp pastry brush to wash down any sugar crystals on the side of the pan.
- Increase the heat and boil the syrup, without stirring, until it reaches 154°C. Remove the pan from the heat and plunge its base into a bowl of cold water to prevent the temperature of the syrup increasing from the residual heat in the pan. Working quickly, add the rose water and food colouring.
- Pour syrup out on to an oiled marble or granite work surface. Use an oiled palette knife, or clean paint-scraper, to keep moving the syrup, so that it cools evenly.
- As the syrup cools, it will thicken and you can use the paint-scraper to lift the outside edges up and into the centre.
- When the sugar is cool enough to handle, put on the gloves and pull it out, fold in half and then into quarters; keep repeating the pulling out and folding up process. The more times this is done, the more opaque the sugar will go. Keep repeating, pressing the sugar strips together well as they’re folded to produce 1 long sausage shape, until it becomes too tough to pull the sugar any more. Pull sugar out to about 2cm (½in) wide, and working quickly, use oiled scissors to cut it into little pillows. Leave the pillows on the marble or granite until they’re just cold and then immediately pack them into an airtight container; left out in the open, they’ll turn sticky quickly.
Nutritional information per portion
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.