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Recipe by Ellen Easton and Linda Stradley. Photos by Ellen Easton from her Victorian Tea Menu.
Crystallized Candied flowers make beautiful decorations for desserts and can
last up to one year. Not only do they taste amazing, but they add an elegant, romantic, and delicious touch to
virtually every dessert. This job takes a little patience, but the rewards are
well worth it!
Be sure and read What's Cooking America's informative article on using
Edible Flowers before making your crystallized Candied Edible Flowers.
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Crystallized Candied Edible Flowers Recipe:
Yields: makes many
Prep time: 30 min
1 egg white, room temperature (use pasteurized eggs) or powdered egg whites or meringue powder
* Learn all about
Edible Flowers and how to choose edible flowers.
** Either purchased superfine sugar or made in a blender or food processor (just blend regular sugar until extra-fine)
Paper Towels to dry flowers
2 small shallow bowls
Small tweezers (optional)
Small fine-tipped paint brush
Wire rack covered with waxed paper
Cutting Flowers: If you're cutting your own flowers, cut them as close to the base of the flower as possible.
Washing Flowers: Carefully and gently wash (under slow running
cool water) and
completely dry the flowers or petals. Place washed flowers on paper towels
to dry, gently blot the flowers if necessary to remove excess water.
Egg White Mixture: Beat the egg white in a small bowl until slightly foamy, if necessary
add a few drops of water to make the white easy to spread. You want
to completely break the albumen down so you don't get any jelly-like clumps
on your flowers, just a smooth coat of white. If using powdered
egg whites or meringue powder, in a small bowl, combine powdered egg whites
or meringue powder with water, using the amounts shown on the containers.
Painting the Flowers: Holding a flower or petal in one hand (tweezers help here), dip a small paint brush into the
egg white. With the other hand, gently paint
each flower or petal individually with beaten
the egg white. Start by coating the
back-side of the petals, then turn over and coat the top-side of the petals. Cover the flower or petal completely, but not excessively.
When thoroughly coated with egg white, hold the flower or petal over the sugar
dish and gently sprinkle with superfine sugar evenly all over on both sides.
If the sugar is absorbed after a few
minutes, sprinkle again. Gently shake off any excess sugar.
Drying the Flowers: Place the coated flowers or petals on wax paper on a wire rack to dry. Let dry
at room temperature (this could take 12 to 36 hours).
Repeat process with the remaining flowers or petals.
To test for dryness, check the base of the bloom and the heart of the flower to make sure they
have no moisture. Flowers are completely dry when stiff and brittle to the touch. 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.
Storing the Flowers: Store the flowers in layers, separated by tissue paper, in an airtight
container at room temperature until ready to use. This crystallized/candied
flowers can last up to one (1) year if properly stored.