– Floral Gift in a Jar –
Home-made Sweet Violet Sugar for Cakes and Bakes
British Mothering Sunday is on the 18th March this year, and over the next week I shall be posting come ideas for this special day; today, I am sharing another violet recipe, Sweet Violet Sugar – a delightful old-fashioned floral sugar that is wonderful when added to cakes, bakes, desserts, custards, ice creams as well as home-made chocolates and sweets. This sugar is easy to make and would make a thoughtful gift for a mum who loves to bake……..just adorn the jar with a fabric mob-cap and pretty ribbon, whilst attaching a card with recipe ideas written on it. Or, make a jar now, and allow it to infuse for a week before using it in something special for your mum on Mothering Sunday……I will be posting some cake and chocolate gift ideas next week, some that use this sugar and some that use my Sweet Violet Syrup and Crystallised Violets too.
Why not make a Violet Trio of gifts for your Mum? And then pack it all together in an old wicker basket with a recipe card or a cookbook……….or, make the violet trio in readiness for Easter, this floral sugar, as well as the syrup and candied flowers would be wonderful for Easter baking. There is so much we can use when we forage, and I love cooking with flowers as well as herbs…….sometimes I feel we all miss so much that grows in our hedgerows and on the verges, as well as in our own gardens. If you don’t have any violets in your garden, why not buy some plants or seeds……with the right growing conditions they will have established themselves in just a couple of years, as mine did, and then you will have some amazing scented flowers to add to your posy jars as well as your pantry, in other words, access to a floral larder for nearly a month.
I hope you have enjoyed my violet recipes so far, I have to shoot off now as I am meeting up with friends, but I will see you later with more recipes and general musings and ramblings……bye for now, Karen.