14 Dec 2016 Sweet
I can’t resist a bit of festive foodie bling so these little numbers get scattered over just about everything sweet I serve around Christmas time. Violas are wonderful winter edible flowers with pansies being another. You can crystalise just about anything from cinnamon sticks to plums, rosemary stalks and holly leaves.
All you need to do is dip clean and dry flowers or cranberries in a lightly beaten egg white, followed by a small dish of caster sugar to coat. A small brush can help to coat them evenly. Then leave them to dry for about 12 hours before use.
They will be hard and brittle once dried and can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Photo (c) Joanne Murphy
Violas (organic, unsprayed)
A little caster sugar