(photo credit: finedininglovers.com, gluten free cupcakes)For us, spring is the beginning of all good things, so when we spied violets in the yard, we knew it was time to start eating weird food! (Click the link for a flashback of some of the weird food we love.) Violets have a long history of being candied and otherwise added to sweets (violet gum is very popular in some countries, you can buy it on Amazon), sort of like lavender. Probably the most common is Jordan Almonds. The next time you have some, close your eyes and smell. They're scented with violet water!
So, step one: pick violets! Place in a bowl of water. You can leave them over night, or just for about 30 minutes. This is good for convincing bugs to leave. There's usually not a bug in sight but I'm picking about eating stuff out of the yard (we don't spray so although it's "organic" it might be a little too organic, if you get my drift).
An since we homeschool, it's a great way to talk about genetics. We look at Gregor Mendel's sweet pea charts and look at how the white, purple, and pink flowers happen.
Place the violets on a towels and gently pat dry. Pick out any that are missing petals or too old.
Mix one egg white with 2 tbs of water for easier application, mix lightly with a fork, and apply with a pastry brush.
Lift by the stems and dip in fine sugar. (We were out of superfine sugar and since the kids didn't care, I just used normal sugar.)
This is the bundt pan I've been dreaming of every since I saw it in BBC's production of Emma in 2009. Well, I didn't actually see the pan. I saw Mrs. Weston's wedding cake and I hit pause so I could stare at that amazing bit of cakery.
The cathedral pan is traditionally in cast iron and I'd been looking on ebay, but then I heard someone complain about how heavy there were. YIKES. I tolerate my cast iron dutch ovens because they're so useful, but I don't really need one more thing that my husband needs to lift. So I then looked for cast aluminum.
(jakescountrystore.com)Here's a picture of the cake that comes out of the pan. I don't have a screen shot of the Emma cake. Hmmm. I should go find it... but anyway, back to the post. But isn't this DARLING?? Doesn't it look like a European church in the snow??
livforcake.com ( I just LOVE her site, so much cake beauty). I'll give the pan a few tries and if I can't seem to figure out how to get the cake out, I won't buy the cathedral. (See, this is me being RESPONSIBLE.) But I may just buy it for someone who's a better cook, like my sister. I'm sneaky like that! Then I can enjoy the beautiful cake and she can keep the pan...