photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
- Ready In:
- 1 egg white (please use powdered egg whites to avoid salmonella)
- 3 -6 drops 100 proof vodka, flavored (optional)
- superfine sugar (caster)
- petals violets, begonias, pansies, Johnny-jump-ups, rose petals, lilac, borage, pea, pinks, scented geraniums (Amout depends on size of flowers can be between 30-90 petals)
- Beat egg whites until frothy. Add a couple of drops of vodka to help the flowers dry quicker.
- Using fresh picked flowers, paint each flower individually with beaten egg white using the artist's paintbrush.
- When thoroughly coated, sprinkle with fine sugar and place on the wire rack to dry. Flowers are completely dry when stiff and brittle to the touch.
- They should be free of moisture. This could take 12 to 36 hours, depending on humidity. To hasten drying, you may place the candied flowers in an oven with a pilot light overnight, or in an oven set at 150 degrees to 200 degrees F with the door ajar for a few hours.
- Store the dried, candied flowers in airtight containers until ready to use. They will keep for as long as a year.
Questions & Replies
I used a splatter guard as my mesh rack. I placed the splatter guard on top of a baking sheet and put it in the oven for about an hour and a half at 150 degrees with the door ajar. I was able to push the flowers off from behind when they were done and it worked out really well, I barely had any breakage. Very helpful recipe, thank you (:
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!
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.