Thursday, May 03, 2007


~ Sweet violets
~ adapted treasured 10 year old recipe clipped from Southern Living
12 (1-oz) chopped semisweet chocolate squares
1 (16-oz) finely ground package pecan shortbread cookies
1 1/2 cups soft unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
12 large organic eggs
1/3 cup bourbon
1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
Bourbon Cream Sauce
Candied Violets
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease 9-inch springform pan and line with greased parchment paper.
  • Place ground cookies in large bowl.
  • Microwave chocolate pieces at MEDIUM (50% power) in glass bowl for 2 minutes or until melted, stirring after 1 minute.
  • Process butter, sugar, and eggs in food processor until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides. Add bourbon and chocolate; process until blended. Fold into ground cookies. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour. (Torte will appear cracked and dry but won't test done.) Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Cover and chill overnight or for at least 8 hours. Remove from pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar and cover with sprinkled Candied Violets. Surround the cake with red rose buds. Slice and serve with Bourbon Cream Sauce on the side.
Bourbon Cream Sauce
2 large beaten organic eggs
3/4 cup half & half
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. bourbon
Cook eggs, half & half, and sugar in saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly for 5 minutes or until candy thermometer registers 160-degrees and mixture thickens. Remove from heat and stir in bourbon.
~ Takes a little patience but worth the effort. Try also with pansies, rose petals, apple blossoms, scented geraniums, Johnny-jump ups, borage, etc.
Rinsed and dried UNSPRAYED flower blossoms, separated from stem
1 extra-large room temperature egg white
few drop of water or vodka (helps to dry faster)
1 cup superfine sugar
(if you can't find superfine, process regular sugar in blender or food processor
for a minute or two)
small paint brush
  • Combine egg white with water in small bowl. Whisk lightly until white shows a few bubbles.
  • Place sugar in shallow dish.
  • Hold flower petal in one hand, dip paint brush into egg white with the other and gently paint the flower on both sides (don't overdo). Sprinkle with sugar on both sides. Place flower on waxed paper to dry until completely free of moisture, flipping over occasionally. This usually takes 12-36 hours depending on humidity. (Can place in 150-degree with oven with door ajar for a few hours.)
Note: Dried properly, flowers will keep for several months.

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