sugared violet petals...what do i do with them?
I am going thru a bit of a flower-flavourings phase - rose petals in my jam, lavender in my tea and chocolates - so when I came across a jar of sugared violet petals on a recent trip thru France, I had to have them. Now that I've got them, I've no idea what to do with them. Would love to hear your ideas!
If you have access to a copy of the Cake Bible by Rose Berenbaum (sp), look for the picture in there of a cake she has decorated with some sugared lilac petals. I always thought that was the most beautiful cake. It inspired me to make the sugared ones with lilacs one spring. (She likes lilacs because the little stem thingies on individual flowerettes can be used to stick into the frosting.) But her cake would be equally beautiful with your violets on it. Would give you some good ideas anyway.
Back in the '80s, the French cordial Lillet came on the market, and all of my chi-chi friends were drinking it. But only the chic-est of the chic sourced candied violet petals and put them in the drink.
I remember it tasting quite different at the time, but have never really developed a taste for Lillet. And the only other use for candied violet petals I've seen is, as above, in cake decorating.
Add them to a salad with a vinaigrette dressing to balance the sweetness...I suggest a champagne vinaigrette..I have a wicked simple recipe if you're interested.