A Violets Festival in Your Own Garden

What is a violets festival?

On the French Riviera, Spring is announced in March when violets start blossoming all over the gardens.

At the renowned Violets Festival in Tourettes-sur-Loup you can eat them in different ways: ice cream, jam, jelly, candy.

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Tourettes-sur-Loup is just across the valley from our garden and the seeds must have spread naturally.

You can find violets everywhere!

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This year my son Francesco decided to have our own Violet Festival in our garden.

So he started a treasure hunt searching around the garden to find as many as he could.

I must say he was successful, having found enough to get a project going: 50 gr of violets with a nice intense perfume.

We do not use any chemical treatment in our garden, so our violets are safe to eat.

Francesco loves sweets, so he decided to make caramelized violets.

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The petals are very delicate and a hot caramel would ruin the beauty of the flower.
As I wanted to keep them intact for decorating cakes, I decided to use a method that would preserve them, and here is the recipe.

For 50gr of violets we used 1 egg white and caster sugar.

I did not use icing sugar as I wanted a nice crystal effect.

We picked the flowers with long stems so we could hold them without damaging them.

I prepared a bowl full of fresh water and we rinsed the flowers one by one.

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We placed them on a cloth to dry, not under the direct sun, but on the kitchen counter.

We slightly whisked the egg white and with a brush we spread it inside and outside the flower.

 

 

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Then laying them on a parchment paper, we removed the stems.

Sprinkled the flowers with castor sugar we let them dry out in a warm and dark place for a couple of days.

 

 

 

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Once dried we stored them in an air tight container covering them with sugar.

Having such a beautiful colour and scent, I decided to use them to decorate a Swiss Roll Sponge. To contrast the colour as well as the flavour, I filled it with a butter cream and sprinkled with pistachios. You can also use them to decorate the Almond Meringue and Butter Cream Cake

All recipes below.

Enjoy your own Violet Festival!

 

 

 

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  2 comments for “A Violets Festival in Your Own Garden

  1. 30th March 2017 at 6:33 pm

    These look so beautiful! They look like they involve quite a lot of patience!

    • Laura
      31st March 2017 at 3:34 am

      Thank you Beth, they do. Especially since my son found so many !

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