Nothing screams Valentine’s Day as a bouquet of red roses. Regular store bought roses are so yesterday. Make this Valentine ’s Day truly super special with handmade edible roses! We will share 3 creative ideas and invite you get crafty and share your results with on Indoindians Facebook / Instagram with hashtag #Indoindians
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Edible Roses no 1: Strawberry Rose
Strawberries are the perfect color and you can be creative with a just a few cuts to make some special roses. They are so beautiful and look like real roses! You can practice a few times before you get the perfect shape.
What you need:
- A box of the freshest, plumpest strawberries that you can find
- a pack of sate sticks
- a sharp paring knife
Skewer your strawberry on a clean sate stick and then very carefully cut the petals as in the image below.
Let’s try it! It should be fun.
Edible Roses no.2: Red Gumdrop Roses
Gumdrops come in a lot of colors, shapes and flavors, so they are perfect for crafting into gumdrop roses. It’s really easy to make and they look very pretty!
What you need:
- sate sticks or the stems of fake roses
- rolling pin
Sprinkle your working surface with sugar to prevent gumdrops from sticking.
Flatten gumdrop with rolling pin.
Cut the gumdrop with kitchen scissors to form the petals of the roses.
Wrap the petals one by one around the sate stick, overlapping them until you have the desired size.
TIP: if you find that the gumdrop is too sticky, add some sugar. If it’s not sticking, add a tiny bit of water.
You can try different color combinations of gumdrops to make a colorful bouquet.
Edible Roses no.3: Bacon Roses
Alert: This is not for vegetarians!
Its really simple and ‘thoda hatke’! To make this beautiful rose bouquet, first you take a strip of bacon and roll it up. If your bacon is oddly shaped you may need to snip off a bit with clean scissors after you roll it to make it lay nicely. Then insert toothpicks in the bottom of the roll, keeping them both as close to the bottom of the bacon as possible and close to each other. Place them in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. Then insert to rose stems, awesome, right?
What you need:
- Sate sticks or artificial rose stems
Roll a strip of bacon to look like a rose bud. Secure with 2 toothpicks at the base as in the image.
Bake in an oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Let cool, drain all fat.
Skewer the roses on sate sticks or on the artificial flower stems.
Edible Roses no. 4: Sunflower truffles
- 2 C ganache
- yellow chocolate melts
- mini cupcake liners
- piping bag
- mini cookie scoop
- chocolate sprinkles
Prepare the Ganache and put it in the fridge to firm up
Slightly flatten the mini cupcake liners and put is aside.
Melt the yellow chocolate before filling the piping bag. Start by piping the bottom of the liners in thin layers, making sure to fill in any gaps. Pipe the sides of the cupcake liners to create petals. Wait until the chocolate cools down and peel it off the liners.
Scoop out the truffles with a mini scoop for an even amount. To make the sprinkles stick easier, warm the ganache by rolling it between your hands.
Finally, place the truffles into the chocolate flower cups.
Edible roses no. 5: Flower Petal White chocolate Bowls
Enjoy ice-cream? This delectable white chocolate bowls is the ideal place where you can put in your favorite desserts ranging from ice-cream, brownies of whatever strikes your fancy. You can also serve it during a valentine’s dinner to impress your loved ones. Delicious and beautiful to look at, YUM!
What you need:
(Makes 12 chocolate bowls)
- 12 ounces (1 bag) white candy melts
- 6 ounces (1/2 bag) pink or other color candy melts
- 12 small balloons (water balloons work great)
- 1 toothpick
- Non-stick mat or parchment paper
- 2 microwave-safe mixing bowls
- 2 rubber spatulas
- Safety pin
Blow the water balloons until it is about the size of a fist or larger.
Melt the white candy melts in a mixing bowl. Every 30 seconds, take the bowl out to stir with rubber spatula until fully melted. Afterwards, melt the pink candy melts in a separate mixing bowl the same way.
To create the flower petal, pour a small amount of pink chocolate into the center of the melted white chocolate. Drag the toothpick from the inner pink area to the outside white area and vice versa continuously. By the end, you should have a streaky pattern of a flower in the mixing bowl.
Hold the balloon by the knotted and lightly dip in the center of the melted chocolate. Gently move the balloon down on each side (front, back, side to side) and pull out the balloon. Wait 20 seconds for the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.
Place the chocolate dipped balloon on a non-stick mat or sheet of parchment paper. Do as many as you like then let it set for several hours.
When the chocolate finally hardens, take a safety pin and pop the balloons. Carefully peel the balloons out of the chocolate bowls. Choose the dessert fillings and serve!
So tell us which one you are going to make? Do share photos and feedback on Indoindians Facebook Page and Instagram with hash tag #Indoindians
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