Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sugared Violets

Sugaring violets is something I've been wanting to do for awhile, and I decided I'd better get to it quickly before all my violets die for the year.  (I'd like to do it with violas or pansies sometime too---the process is the same.)

It turns out it isn't very hard to do, but it's delicate work---the violet petals fold in and stick to each other if you just dip them in the egg white, so it works better to paint the egg white on with a pastry brush.

First, beat an egg white or two with a whisk till foamy.  Blend some sugar in the blender to make superfine sugar.  Then set up a work station with your violets, the egg whites and superfine sugar in separate bowls, a pastry brush, and some waxed paper.

Paint the violets all over with the egg white.  This is what the sugar will stick to.

Sprinkle the superfine sugar all over each violet, front and back.  Sebby helped me do this and had a great time.

Lay the violets carefully on the waxed paper and let them dry overnight.  Move them or turn them occasionally so they don't stick to the paper in one place.  When dry, put the violets carefully into an airtight container (on top of crumpled plastic wrap or easter grass---a soft bed for them) to store.  They are very delicate, so move them carefully!  I read that they could be stored this way for up to a year, but I used mine within the week.  The boys would have eaten them like popcorn if I'd let them!

We used them for the Mother's Day Dinner we made for our moms---on this lemon curd cheesecake I've made before.  Delicious, and so pretty!

7 comments:

  1. Wow. These look incredibly lovely. I'm very impressed.

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  2. How beautiful! Marilyn, that's why I love you. Because you take the time to make Sugared Violets and to involve your kids. I wish I were more like you.

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  3. Okay, now you're just making me look lazy. Which I am, but I preferred it when that was strictly between friends. Nevertheless, I am impressed.

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  4. I think you are a secret Victorian. You have this elegant streak in you that is quite intimidating. And I wish you lived down the block, and that I was always doing you favors, so you'd bring me pieces of lemon curd cheesecake.

    Yes. I know I'm shameless.

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  5. Purple and yellow. What a lovely combination. :) I'm glad they turned out so well. It's hard to believe you can make superfine sugar in the blender...I'm going to try it.

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  6. sooooo, sugared violets. Been wanting to make them for awhile? I never even heard of such a thing! I mean, I knew you could eat nasteurtiums (sp?) but not violets. They SMELL so dang delicious, they must taste that way. I'm impressed. By the bye, I recall you telling me I was a true woman when I canned peaches last summer. Ummmm, this must mean you are Woman. And I am man. (haha)ugh. i hope you read this comment. Is it the longest one you've ever received? Shall I just prattle on and make it become that? I am feeling very giggly right now. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I am listening to "A whole new world" from Aladdin. Can you hear that with a straight face? If you were here, I would chase you up the stairs and grab your ankles. Imagine that as you trot up yours tonight. :-)

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  7. Rach, I love you. And you ARE a true woman.

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