Cool for decorating. I made mint leaves. Perfect!
I did this last night with violets, nasturium and borage flowers. I wasn't sure if you are supposed to paint the front and back of the petals, or just the front. I painted the back as well and am not sure the flowers will come off of my drying rack now....so I will try this again, cuz I'm sure it is my error. I mixed a tad bit of cotton candy flavoring in the vodka....tasty! Good thing there's only 3-6 drops of vodka or I'd just drink the egg wash right down....just kidding. Thanks, I will try it again! Update...The more delicate flowers tore a bit when removing from the rack, but stronger flowers were fine. I tried this again with Marigolds...instead of painting...since they are sturdy flowers - I dunked the flower in the egg wash. They were just beautiful. Thanks again!
East to follow instructions, and the results are gorgeous! I also had a very hard time getting them off of the rack, and lost at least half of them.
My daughter-in-law and I had great fun in transforming violets and lilacs for storage in the freezer for a future very special occasion. I must say that because the double lilac flowers were more sturdy, the job was easier, and the finished, dry flowers maintained the original shape with less breakage of crisp petals. We added some violet coloured paste to both the liquid egg white, and to the sugar, to intensify the purple colour, and I would do this again, choosing the paste colour to match the colour of the flowers I choose to candy.
Rita dear, you are once again a lifesaver! I did this with nasturtiums several times many years ago, but used them right away. I now have the need to make them and keep them for a time so they'll be ready when I need them. Your instructions will help me immeasurably! I've been cooking with a passion for 30 years,but I'm a Zaar 'yearling' and have come to know I can always count on many of you 'seasoned' chefs! Thanks for these instructions, you're a peach!
I just found this recipe and haven't tried it yet but will. It is so original. Thank you to you Rita
Thanks Rita for such detailed instructions on how to make these. I used candied pansies on my Mom's birthday cake and she loved it. I'm sure I'll be using this recipe again!! One tip, if you can find a mesh type rack to dry them on, I think it would be helpful. I had trouble with the flowers bending on my regular baking cooling rack because the bars were so far apart.