Wednesday, June 22, 2011

sugared roses

 it has been mentioned before
that our mountain cabin was once owned by 
the character actress dodo denny
by all accounts
she was a lover of roses

her rose garden is the talk of the neighborhood

who collectively
may have been
a bit disappointed in our attention to it
i personally believe
dodo is a bit put off too

let me explain
we purchased the home after dodo passed
4 years after
the grounds had been neglected
and the prized roses left to die
i am not fond of taunting the dead
i pruned the bushes back
to almost nothing
retrained the trellis roses
pulled those that were not going to make it
and then
 i let them be
while we worked on the rest of the garden


2 summers later
dodo's rose garden
is making a comeback

we are enjoying the scent and beauty of the flowers
i couldn't resist
cutting a few 
to make sugared rose petals
please don't snitch
dodo is just starting to like us
Sugared Roses
freshly picked, pesticide free roses*
granulated sugar (about 1 cup per rose)
wash the roses while whole gently, and allow to dry.  i swish them in a bowl of cool clean water.  once the roses have air dried, carefully remove the petals. discard any that are discolored or are browning (or set aside to dry and use as potpourri). spread the petals out on paper towels while you work on the other flowers.
place about a 1/4 cup of vodka in a bowl.  pour sugar in a shallow dish about 1/2 inch thick. you will need more sugar, as it will get damp and become difficult to work with. do not pour in all your sugar at once. 
prepare a sheet pan with wax or parchment paper on it to be used for your sugared petals.
dip each petal in the vodka, then lay it on the sugar.  you can do 4 or 5 at a time, but work quickly, as the vodka evaporates.  once you have 4 or 5 petals resting on the sugar, spoon more sugar on top.  gently press the petals and turn once to coat evenly.  remove from the sugar and place on parchment lined sheet pan.  resist the urge to move/touch them. allow to dry about 12 hours, but can take up to 48. store in an airtight container, lined with paper towel in a single layer until ready to use.
note: i used vodka rather than egg white, for ease. you can use powdered egg whites with a bit of water and have a great result. if you choose to do it this way,  use a paint brush to get the whites on the flower.

*it is very important that you know firsthand that your roses are free of pesticides


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