Fun Tea Party Recipes
Fairy Flower Bread & Crystallized Violets
Fairy tea parties make a wonderful dress-up theme.
This delicate bread can be served like open-faced sandwiches with fresh berries.
- 1 cup cake flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 8 egg whites, chilled
- Grated peeling from one lemon
- 1½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cups fresh flower petals
Prepare flower petals:
Flower petals can be all one kind of flower or a combination of edible blossoms and herbs: roses, day lilies, violets, calendula and mint are a few suggestions. Separate the flower petals. Wash the flowers in cold water. Strain and dry completely on a clean towel. Chop lightly for smaller particles that cut more easily when slicing. Set aside.
Prepare cake batter:
Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Grate the lemon peel and squeeze the juice. Sift flour before measuring. Then sift together flour and sugar. Set aside. Beat the chilled egg whites until foamy and starting to peak. Then add salt and cream of tartar. Continue beating until the peaks are stiff. Add lemon peel and lemon juice. Using a spatula, slowly fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites and flower petals. Transfer to an un-greased bread pan and bake until the top is browned and it bounces back when touched, about 30 minutes. Do not attempt to slice the bread until it is completely cool.
Optional: Prepare a recipe of the Crystallized Violets and decorate.
- 1 cup Violets
- 1 cup superfine sugar
- ½ teaspoon warm water
- 1 egg white
- Baking parchment
Preheat oven to 200 ° F. Wash the violets thoroughly and allow them to dry on paper towel. Whip the egg white and ½ teaspoon warm water until frothy. Dip the flowers into the egg white and then into the sugar. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Let the flowers dry in the 200 ° oven for 1 hour with the oven door slightly open. Turn off the oven, close the door and allow the heat of the oven to continue a slow drying.