This sunday is the American Mother’s day. In Sweden it is not until the last sunday of May.
At mother’s day, the lilacs are usually in full bloom at home. One of my favorite flowers. At my old country house we had a whole path way lined with Lilac trees and at the very end of the property, there was this one large white Lilac tree. It will always stay in my memory and I think I need to always have at least one little tree planted somewhere.
The same way that I love lilacs I also love Violets and Lily of the Valley. Beautiful flowers with strong wonderful scents.
Some of the first plants I planted in our current garden were a few Lilac trees. It took a while for them to bloom but this year they are absolutely fantastic. My dad came for a visit last year and was trimming all the trees. I wish I could have said it was my love and care but I know better. It was due to my dads green fingers that they are giving me the best spring experience ever.
I transplanted some violets from my old house. They are now taking over. Spreading like crazy. This year I FINALLY made Candied Violets.
It happens that I would like to use some Candied Violets. And every time I go on a big hunt for the, Every time I have come home empty-handed. It is really easy to make so why haven’t I made them before??? Beats me… I used to make candied fruits when I was younger. It is fun and the result is great. You just need to be a little detail oriented and have good tolerance the day you make them. This because the egg whites and all the sugar gets very sticky. Also note that since the Violets need to dry you have to make them ahead of time.
Apple Cupcakes with Candied Violets.
Makes about 8-10 cupcakes.
1 stick of butter (125 gr.) melted.
1 c. of granulated sugar.
1 1/2 c. of flour.
2 tsp. baking powder.
2 eggs, whisked.
1 c. apple juice or apple cider.
Candied Violets or grated chocolate.
Whipped Heavy cream or your favorite kind of frosting.
Whisk the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Melt the butter. Add the flour and baking powder into a sieve. Sift into the bowl of butter and sugar and mix carefully. Add the eggs and pour in the apple juice. Again, mix carefully.
Pour into muffin pans.
Bake in a 350 F degree (175 C) for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool down. Decorate with the frosting or whipped cream. Finish off with the Candied Violets or some grated chocolate.
Very fine granulated sugar (I make it very fine by using my mortar and pestle.
Pick the flowers with a little bit of the steam still on it.
Spray gently with a water bottle. Let dry on some paper towel.
Brush some egg white on both sides of the Violets.
Sprinkle on the sugar.
Let dry on a piece of wax paper for at least 24 hours.
Store in an airtight container in one layer.
It takes some time but it is so much fun to have your own home made Candied Violets. Try it. You will be so happy to have them.