Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sugared Pansies

Every year when the heat comes to the prairie, the pansies fade. They are replaced by begonias or petunias in the pots. But before they totally fade, I'm out with scissors cutting off the blooms. For they will continue to "bloom" in the pantry where they'll be used to decorate desserts.

A bowl of beaten egg white, some paint brushes (used only for the pansies) and a saucer of sugar, are all the tools I need to sugar pansies.
I pick a saucerful of blooms and dip them and paint them with egg white and then completely cover them with sugar.
The first of two trays that I did this year -- the bigger pansies are on the left -- the smaller violas on the right.

After sugaring, I let them dry a day before I store them in tins with parchment paper between layers.
The tin is opened and the sugared pansies taken out to decorate desserts like this Everyday Jam Cake. Sugared violas look great on chocolate frosted cupcakes and there is nothing like sugared pansies on cake frosted with white buttercream.

We use pansies to decorate desserts and give color to salads all spring -- we enjoy this "second life" of the pansies -- used to decorate summer, fall and winter desserts. We're always sad to use the last pansy. But soon, it will be springtime again and pansies will once again fill pots at Linderhof.

It's Blue Monday so please join Smiling Sally and see what other blues there are this Monday!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word, they are so pretty and I had no idea how to sugar them. Thanks for the tutorial. Love the idea. Hugs, Marty

Erica (Irene) said...

Wow.....they look so pretty. I never had any idea how to sugar them and now thanks to you I do. I always have lots of pansies in my pots and yes they do fade away. But now I'll have a good use for them for later.

Lottie said...

I've never heard of doing this. Thank you for showing how to sugar pansies! I'll try this next year. With the heat in SC, it has been months since we've seen a sweet little pansy!

Allie and Pattie said...

So very pretty Martha- I remember many happy hours sugaring with my grandma. Have a wonderful day
xoxo Pattie

Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, this is such a wonderful post. I've never done this and now I'm enthusiastic to try. Thanks for the "hoe to." Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

SmilingSally said...

How pretty. What a unique tutorial, Martha! I love those blue and white dishes too.

Happy Blue Monday!

Kim, USA said...

Oh my goodness this is so pretty!! You are very creative!


eileeninmd said...

A wonderful idea and so pretty! Happy Blue Monday!

Beth said...

They look awesome, Martha. Thanks for sharing how to do this.

D. Jean Quarles said...

Wonderful idea. I've never seen this done. Great.

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

I didn't know pansies were editable. Thanks for sharing. I am originally from Kansas! My sister's are still there as are my in-laws.I love company so come by for a visit when you get the time. Debbie

paperbutterfly said...

I did not know you could store sugared pansies. They look great and your explanation was excellent.
Thank you for joining in amd sharing this with the tea ladies.
Tea tables will be prettier thanks to you.

Have a great week and hope to see you soon.

BumbleVee said...

Wouldn't you know...I didn't plant any pansies this year...never seem to have much luck with them ...but, I have some little wild ones ...I'm going to try a few of them.

I did wonder how you did them when I saw them on the cake.... now I know.... thanks....they look amazing...