Have you ever admired the edible blooms, but found them wilting before your intended guests could observe their splendour? The answer to your woes is candied flowers. These delectable treats last longer and are oh so tasty.
Here is how you can make candied flowers at home in just three easy steps.
What you need
The recipe is easy enough that you can adjust it to the number of flowers you have managed to gather. If you plan on using store-bought flowers, make sure to buy edible flowers from the food section (this will avoid buying flowers coated in pesticides). Similarly, flowers from the garden should be pesticide-free. You can wash them before use to remove snails or soil.
- Edible flowers
- Egg whites*
- Wax paper
- Castor sugar
- Drying rack
- Paintbrush (new with fine bristles)
For an in-depth guide on edible flowers see:
The flowers should be as fresh as possible to make them easier to handle.
The type of flower will dictate how long the process will be. Make sure to leave enough drying time if you want to use them for a specific occasion.
1- Place the clean flowers on wax paper or a drying rack without them touching.
2- Separate the egg whites and whisk them together*.
3- Use the soft-bristle brush to apply the egg whites on the petals.
4- Use the sieve to sift the castor sugar onto the petals, applying a generous layer.
5- Turn the flowers over and repeat step 3 and 4 for the back of the flower.
6- Leave flowers to air dry, which can take anywhere from 12-36 hours depending on the flowers. An alternative is to place the coated flowers in the oven at 65-90C.
*Using powdered egg whites with a few droplets of vodka and water will make them last longer (a few months) and also allow the flowers to dry out quicker (due to the vodka).
Storage and use
When the flowers are dry, they can be stored in a sterilised glass bottle or used immediately as a pastry decoration. If it is your first time trying candied flowers, I would suggest experimenting with a couple before attempting a large batch. This will help you get the swing of things.