Matron doesn't do flowers! But, with the exception of edible flowers - here I make that exception.
Whilst out walking I found a carpet of sweet violets
in the woods, this common flower is found everywhere at this time of year but only for a few weeks. The flowers have a wonderful violet perfume hence the Latin name Viola Odorata
It was also an old Victorian tradition to preserve the flowers in sugar and make cake decorations, so I decided to have a go. Just brush the fresh flowers with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar.
You have to have delicate fingers to make these preserved violets, so gently I put them on greaseproof paper and dried them on my heated propagator for a couple of days.
You can also do this with primrose flowers
. I suppose at this point I should give a warning that if you are not 100% sure what it is then don't pick it or eat it!... so, with the Easter weekend coming up I decided to give it a go.
So I made a lemon drizzle cake and decorated it with preserved flowers! Happy Easter everyone!