You know what they say... a rose by any other name would taste as sweet. And by that I mean sugared rose petals.
Yes, I am giving you permission to snip those beautiful roses from your garden and EAT them! We live in California, which if you haven't heard by now is in a major drought. Meaning my beautiful rose bushes are facing an untimely death! I couldn't let those gorgeous blooms go to waste, so I figured I would turn them into something wonderful AND edible.
I was that weird child who ate dirt, rocks and even a generous portion of hibiscus buds once. I was rushed to the ER after my mom enjoyed a riveting chat with poison control and I sprouted a gnarly rash on my backside, but all was well. Anyway, the point here is that I probably had a hankering to gnaw on a few roses, and I am indulging that craving 25+ years later. (It's never too late to check off an item on the ole' bucket list!)
How to Make Sugared Rose Petals
Roses are red, violets are blue, cover them in sugar, and you'll feel very fancy.
Sorry, poems aren't my strong suit. Haikus on the other hand though...
Sugared rose petals—
You should make them for your cakes,
Because I said so.
See what I mean? I'll be here all day, ladies and gentleman!
Anyway, these sugared rose petals are insanely simple to make and will gussy up your cakes and pastries for all those summer festivities you have coming up. Grab the recipe below!
How To Make Sugared Rose Petals
- 1 large egg white
- ½ cup caster or granulated sugar
- 24 rose petals
- Pluck 24 petals from two organic, pesticide-free roses. Rinse them in cool water and gently pat them dry. Place the dried rose petals onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg white with a fork. Use a small paintbrush to paint each petal with the egg wash. Sprinkle sugar generously over the rose petals, then turn them over and repeat with the egg wash and sugar.
- Place them in the oven at 90°F for 4 hours until the sugar has crystallized. Be sure not to go over that temperature, or the petals will burn. If your oven does not heat that low, simply warm the oven for a couple of minutes, turn it off and place the rose petals in the oven overnight.
- Garnish cakes, muffins or breakfast bowls with the sugared rose petals, and store the rest in an airtight container for future use.