Making candied flower petals is simple. You merely wash the petals, allow them to dry and them dip them in a beaten egg white. They are then dipped in sugar and dried overnight. This crystallizes the sugar, resulting in a hardened petal. You do use raw egg whites for this recipe, so there is a slight risk of giving guests salmonella when you prepare these. For this reason, you should use pasteurized eggs, which will not harbor the bacteria.
What is the best method for making candied rose and violet petals?
beat an egg white to soft peak stage. Dip petals in egg white, then coat in superfine sugar. Set aside to dry. Use as decoration or garnish.
Reply:If you would prefer to do this WITHOUT using eggs, you can paint the petals lightly with glycerine (also called glycerol) before coating in sugar - it's an easily-available sugar alcohol used in cooking. :o)