Candied Flowers in 4 Easy Steps
Candied flowers, also known as crystallized flowers, are an easy way to decorate your desserts with a personal touch. Capture the scent of summer with candied flowers and put your summer flowers to work for you. Follow this easy step-by-step guide.
Pick your fresh and pretty specimens, free of chemical pesticides, early in the morning. Line a cookie sheet with aluminium foil.
2. Painting Flowers
In a small bowl, lightly beat 1 tablespoon egg white and 2 tablespoons water until foamy. Apply the mixtures to both sides of the flower with a soft artist’s brush—just enough to moisten the surface. Sift very fine granulated sugar lightly over the flowers. Repaint any parts where sugar won’t stick and sprinkle these areas again.
Place the flowers on the prepared cookie sheet, making sure they don’t touch each other. Place in an oven on very low heat 93°C (200° F) or lower. Keep the door slightly ajar and leave in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Check from time to time that the flowers aren’t being discoloured. You can also dry them in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days.
Gently lift the flowers from the cookie sheet and place in an airtight jar. Separate layers with wax or greased paper. Crystallized flowers that are well coated with sugar will keep for 3 to 4 days in an airtight jar and in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
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