This post was sponsored by La Crema Winery. All opinions are 100% my own.
I was inspired to make a fun, romantic, edible decoration you can add to desserts that would pair perfectly with La Crema’s Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Rose, and would be perfect for light, airy, and delicious summer desserts. These candied rose petals are an incredibly easy, fun, and creative way to dress up any special treat. They help preserve the petals too- so you will have bright, cheery and slightly crunchy candy-like petals that you can make the night before serving.
These candied petals pair perfectly with cookies, cakes, or even cheesecakes! To see how I added them to an incredibly romantic no-bake cheesecake in a jar for two, please head over to the La Crema blog!
First off, you NEED to find food-grade roses. This means roses that have been grown organically without fertilizer- since you’ll be eating these. You can find food grade roses at many stores carrying organic foods- Whole Foods almost always has a large supply of edible flowers and rose petals in their cold case near the fresh herbs. Some local nurseries might also have some available, or if you grow your own flowers and know you haven’t exposed them to fertilizer- use them! If you can’t find roses, you can easily use this method with other types of edible flowers. Be sure your flowers are edible!
Ok, now for the fun!
These seem intimidating, but they are really incredibly easy. Outside of the ingredients, I recommend a food grade brush (I use a silicon brush), parchment paper, and some tweezers. The tweezers aren’t necessary, but they do make the work go more quickly!
- 1 egg white
- petals from 1 rose, or equivalent
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Lightly brush each side of a rose petal with egg white. Works best if holding with tweezers for more flexibility and coverage.
- Sprinkle with sugar.
- If rose looks wet, or sugar absorbs quickly, add more.
- Set on wax paper or parchment paper and let harden, about 2-3 hours.
- Add to desserts as a topping and enjoy!
Aren’t these the perfect toppers for desserts? I love them!