June 30th, 2010

Sugared Flowers

sugar flower

Take your kids to work day invaded our offices last week, and Organic Gardening entertained the kiddos with a project that combined our love (nature) with the kids’ love (sugar). The kids candied pansies and mint leaves, and most were shocked when they actually enjoyed how they tasted. So we decided to share this little project with all of you; it’s a great way to keep kids busy, but if done delicately it can also be a beautiful pastry decoration (and if you manage to put the two together, free labor!).

Start with a bowl of egg whites, a bowl of white sugar, a paintbrush and any edible flower or plant.

01 egg whites sugar flowers

Brush the egg white carefully onto the leaves or petals of the plant, making sure to cover every part.

02 paint petals egg white

Then dust, dip, or paint the sugar onto the wet leaves or petals.

03 dip or paint sugar

Let dry (most of the kids skipped this step in favor of a sugar rush) and use in any number of creative ways (cakes, drinks, waking up in the morning)

04 let dry

Below are some flowers Christa did at home

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Thanks to Megan and Sean for being great models, and our Photo Director Christa Neu for her pictures

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