17.5.10

Candied Violets

I am thrilled to find tiny violets in my back garden.  It is early and things are still growing so I am hoping I will have lots of these delicate little flowers.

If any of you have tried making these little delicate things, please let me know.  I will create a link on this posting to your blog as well.  It will be fun to share ideas.

Valerie at A Canadian Foodie has also made these sweet things.  Check out her blog.

Candied Violets

1 large egg white
1/3 cup water
1 cup superfine sugar

Beat the egg white and water until frothy.  If you cannot find superfine sugar, just give regular white sugar a whirl in your food processor and it will break it down finer.

When picking the violets, leave the stems in tact.  Dip the flower into the egg mixture and with a little brush, carefully wipe off any excess liquid.

Snip the flower from the stem and drop into the sugar.  Gently sprinkle the sugar all over the flower and remove with a fork.  Place on parchment paper to dry.  These can be stored for several months if properly dried and put in an airtight container.

WordBanquet has a great post here.  I hardly think you will be wanting to make 100 at one time!

19 comments:

  1. This never even occurred to me!

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  2. buffalo> it's kind of a girly thing, so not surprised it never occurred to you!

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  3. They look lovely. I've always wanted to make crystallised flowers...but never have!

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  4. Those are so pretty! I think my violets are done, though!!! Darn!

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  5. une très bonne idée, je ne l'ai jamais essayé mais ça me tente beaucoup
    bonne soirée

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  6. Sarah they are so lovely and ethereal... what a lovely idea!!!

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  7. Pretty!!! I've never made them, maybe I should give them a try.

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  8. Do they dry at room temperature or do you need to use a dehydrator?

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  9. They are very pretty, don't think we will get any violets for a few months.

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  10. This is the first time I visit your blog and I found so many things to learn from it!!
    Congratulations

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  11. I have been missing reading your blog during this last crazy month or two of teaching in academia. I love candied violets and really, just about any edible flower. It is so nice to see another foodie friend finally post about these special delicacies from our gardens! Roz

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  12. I had no idea that you could do this. They are absolutely gorgeous!

    Stupid question: are they edible?

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  13. I got in touch with my feminine side once, and it was still pretty "Butch"....

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  14. Pam> I have heard that some violets are blooming all summer here. Wouldn't that be great!

    Butterfly & Fimere & Moogie> me too! this is my first attempt.

    Deana> thank you. They weren't quite as tedious as I expected.

    Michelle> room temp should be fine although if you live in a very humid climate it may take days. I live in a virtual desert so a couple of hours sufficed.

    Hungry> mark your calendar!

    Annie> welcome! Nice to have you stop in.

    Bella> oh Bella, I have been missing some, too, with all the outside garden work I have to do.

    B> not a stupid question, but yes they are edible. Violets, Johnny Jump Ups, Pansies are all edible.

    buffalo> lol...I can imagine!

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  15. Beautiful Sarah! Violets are so beautiful - the true sign of spring aren't they!

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  16. June> I was so happy to find them in my garden! I think there are a lot more than I realize.

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  17. Candied violets and even pansies make beeautiful Spring decorations on cakes, pies, etc. They taste good too:D

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  18. I need to try these! I think I have violets outside, if they haven't frozen to death today.

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  19. I love these and I do my own too - they are in my gallery - link at the top. Take a look at the similarities and the differences. LOVE them.
    :)
    Valerie

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