Denise’s soft-hearted meringues


  • 4 egg whites
  • 8 oz or 225g sugar
  • 1tsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1-2 tblsp. Welsh Rosewater


  1. Put the egg whites and half the sugar and the other ingredients in the bowl of an electric whisk.
  2. Whisk until stiff peaks form.
  3. Add the rest of the sugar and whisk briefly again to incorporate.
  4. Spoon or pipe on to baking parchment on a baking tray and place in an oven pre-heated to 120 degrees c/gas mark 2.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes then reduce to 110c/gas 1/4.
  6. Leave for another 30 minutes or so.

Rose water recipes and ideas

  • Rose water was originally the flavouring of choice before vanilla came along, so wherever you see vanilla you can probably use rosewater: cupcakes, puddings or scones or add it to eggy bread (French Toast).
  • Rose water brings out the flavour in summer and autumn fruits: strawberries, melon, plums or peaches.
  • Add rose water at the last minute to fruit compotes.
  • Spray into drinks: cocktails, gin & tonic, lemonade, champagne, sparkling and still water.
  • Add it to meringues, see the recipe below for Denise’s Soft-hearted meringues.
  • Add it to whipped cream to serve with chocolate tart or cake.
  • It’s delicious as part of a rice pudding.

And then there are savoury recipes

  • Rose water goes well with lamb and chicken in biryanis and tagines, stirred into rice or simply served in yoghurt with grilled lamb cutlets. We encourage you to surf the net for recipes, every top chef and more seems to use this wonderful ingredient.

Recipe book

To inspire you further, we have published a lovely, full colour, recipe book. It’s teeming with delicious recipes for breakfast, elevenses, lunch, tea and supper, and an awful lot more. Click here to find out more.