They’re pretty and delicious!
Our list of quarantreats to try seems to be growing longer, especially as the holidays are about to come. Adding to the roster of ube pandesal and sushi bakes are these floral shortbread goodies.
Dainty and pretty, organic shortbread baking seems to be the newest trend among home bakeshops. While it is not new to use edible flowers on sweet treats, these shortbread cookies offer a more “comfort food” take compared to high-end plated desserts where the flowers are commonly used. Plus, these Instagram perfect treats are one of the best casual ways to say “I love you” or “I miss you,” no bouquets needed! I mean, who wouldn’t want to receive a box of these?
One of the many online bakeshops that produces flower pressed shortbread is Bananarama.ph. Helmed by Kimi Delgado, the brand started out with banana pudding as its main product in 2016. Now a full-fledged business, Bananarama.ph has widened its product range from mango and avocado pudding to cakes, pies and tarts, cookies, and most recently, shortbread.
“I saw one of my favorite organic produce suppliers selling edible flowers. I found them so pretty and so inspiring that I wanted to make something out of them,” she tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “We’ve been in such a long, depressing period that I felt that I wanted to make something to go beyond comfort food—which I myself have relished this lockdown!—and to make something special and delicious from the experience of receiving it to eating it.”
The handcrafted, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread is made from scratch with ingredients like flour, butter, sugar, and salt as part of its master recipe. Kimi ensures that the edible flowers used for the shortbread are clean and free from harmful chemicals like pesticides. Each box contains a dozen that comes in an assortment of flavors—vanilla, almond, rose (rose water), Earl Grey (with black tea leaves and oil of bergamot), chai (cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper), and matcha (ceremonial grade).
“I had to do a few tweaks to make sure the flowers stayed pretty after baking,” she says. “After several tests, I felt that the recipe met the criteria I set. I wanted the end result to be buttery, tender, flavorful, pretty, and, of course, delicious.”
What makes the floral shortbread even more appealing is its neat packaging, making it a great gift anytime and not just in the coming holidays. Customers are delighted with the brand’s Tiffany blue box with vintage toile-like print that adds another level of charm and excitement as you open it to see the cookies inside.
“The response has been overwhelming. Many of my customers have made it part of their Zoom gatherings, sending it to all their friends for their virtual parties. Others have told me they were ordering them as gifts to themselves,” Kimi says. “That makes me happy because it’s exactly what I wished for the product to be—something delicious and something that my customers will relish and enjoy in a very special way.”
Images are from @bananarama.ph