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Crystallised Flowers

These make pretty and unusual gifts for keen bakers. Make sure you use flowers which have not been sprayed with pesticides or any other chemicals.
Some leaves & flowers suitable for crystallising:
  • Borage flowers
  • Lavender flowers
  • Primroses
  • Violas
  • Scented pelargonium leaves & flowers
  • Dianthus flowers
  • Mint leaves
  • Rose petals
  • Violets
  • 1 egg white
  • Castor sugar
  • Tweezers, pastry brush or small soft paintbrush and sugar sifter or tea strainer.
 Crystallised Flowers
 Crystallised FlowersWhisk the egg white together with 1 teaspoon of cold water. Hold the flower, petal or leaf you want to coat with tweezers and paint completely with the egg white, making sure the whole surface is covered. Hold the flower, petal or leaf over a baking sheet or some baking parchment
to stop the sugar going all over the work surface, then sprinkle the flower with sugar, using either a sugar sifter or tea strainer to scatter it evenly. Shake off any excess and place on baking sheets lined with baking parchment and leave in a warm dry place overnight to dry out completely. Store in an airtight container, placing baking parchment between the layers of flowers, petals or leaves to protect them. They will keep well for several months this way.