Homemade Crystallised Flowers - Violets

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 4-6

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 30 -40
    30 -40 clean small whole fresh edible flowers or 30 -40 rose petals
  • 1
    egg white
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DIRECTIONS

  • PLEASE NOTE - IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
  • Crystallised flowers are for decoration only, and should not be eaten. Research the flower, herb or plant you want to use. Check for any type of toxicity, and possible allergic or other reactions through contact with other foods, implements, skin or inhaling. Your guests may have allergies or medical conditions too.
  • Just some of the toxic flowers include foxglove, oleander, daffodil, delphinium and hyacinth. This list is not comprehensive. Organically grown flowers are best, as commercially grown flowers may have pesticide or other chemical residue. Even if something is not meant to be eaten, it is not advised to use non-edible or potentially harmful plants in presentations.
  • Choose flowers according to season, availability, occasion, colour scheme or theme.
  • Place the clean dry flowers on a breadboard, baking tray or flat surface.
  • Beat the egg white to a light foam. Brush the flowers all over with beaten egg white, using a soft pastry brush.
  • Sprinkle flowers all over with the caster sugar immediately. The sugar needs to stick to the egg white before it dries.
  • Leave for approx one hour or more until fully set. You can also sit the finished flowers on a baking tray lined with ovenproof paper in a warm oven (switched off).
  • Once they have dried, they will be hard and brittle; store them carefully in an airtight tin for up to 2 months.
  • TIPS:
  • Leave the stalks on small flowers such as violets, it helps you to pick them up and paint the egg white on them.
  • Experiment with a few flowers to be sure you have it right, before doing a full batch for a special occasion.
  • Use a flour sifter to help coat the flowers with sugar evenly. A tea infuser or tea ball can be filled with caster sugar and used in the same way as a sifter, as long as the mesh is the right size.
  • Toothpicks may help to manoeuvre flowers once they are coated, without touching them with your hands, and undoing all your good work.
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