Roses on Valentines Day. This is nothing new. Classic, romantic, fool proof. Traditionally, they come in a dozen. Preferably red. It’s a smooth, safe move to show your beloved how much you care. Want to up the ante this go around? I’m sure Saint Valentine would approve.
Nothing says love (or slam-dunk creativity in the kitchen) like candied rose petals. They’re easy to make but (cue high stakes holiday) no one needs to know that!
If you don’t have your own edible flowers in the garden, seek them out at any florist or place where flowers are sold. Naturally, chose colors that are most beautiful to you. Ideally, you’ll want organic roses that have not been sprayed with any toxic chemicals. Once your roses have been procured, pluck the petals (make sure they are dry) and lay them a baker’s rack. Beat one egg white together with one teaspoon of water (take caution when using raw eggs). With a delicate pastry brush, softly paint both sides of each petal with the egg white mixture. Swiftly sprinkle both sides with organic sugar. Leave out to dry for 2 -3 hours or overnight.
Candied rose petals don’t come in a bouquet but they are an edible, homemade alternative to the age-old tradition of giving flowers on the big day. Use them as garnish on your decadent chocolate dessert or add as a candy topping to your gelato. You will love it.
Photography by Eric Wolfinger