Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sugar Frosted Rose Petals

Here's a quick shout-out:

When people tell you they enjoy reading your blog, it is already a huge compliment. But when fellow bloggers devote an entire post to your blog, it is a tremendous privilege. And I have had that privilege twice this week.

Thank you, Monique and Dave, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your generosity, kindness and friendship.

Take a look at
Monique's Moist Butter Cake at La Table de Nana, and
- Dave's Son-in-law Eggs at
Year on the Grill.

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I am still eating my way through the stash of Belgian chocolates my aunt hauled back from Brussels. One of the items is instant chocolate pudding. You just add sugar, boiling milk, and voila! A nice chocolaty treat awaits.

I made the pudding yesterday - perfect indulgence on a windy, rainy afternoon. Half of it, we ate when it was still warm, for we just could not wait ("we" refers to my daughter and I). And it was so gooood! Well, it's Belgian after all. The other half, I poured into serving cups and chilled them in the refrigerator.

At first, I never thought of doing a blog post on this. Instant pudding ... what's there to write? But then, an idea struck. I saw some Sugar Frosted Rose Petals from Jo Pratt's In a Mood For Food - it wasn't even a proper recipe, more of a 3-line side note. But I fell in love with them right away. I envisioned how they would turn these Plain Jane puddings into elegant eats.

Chilled instant pudding, powdered with cocoa and garnished with Sugar Frosted Rose Petals. Don't they look like a million bucks? A little embellishment goes a long way!

Frosting the petals was a breeze ... it only took minutes. But the finished product ... oh, they were a vision to behold. Delicate, beautiful and enchanting ... literally jewelled petals, ready to add glamour to whatever dish they were to garnish.

A little bling bling never did hurt anything! No one will realise you are serving instant pudding when they see these glittering rose petals.

For your next party, why not give these a try? Any dessert - whether an elaborate 3-tier cake or indeed, a cup of no-frills instant pudding - can do with an added touch of class. A word of caution, though: before you serve, take a deep breath and be prepared to face an onslaught of "oohs" and "ahhs".

(from Jo Pratt's In the Mood for Cooking)
- 1 rose (get organic if you intend to eat the petals!)
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- Caster sugar

1. Gently rinse individual petals and pat dry on paper towels.

2. Dip each petal into egg white, allowing excess to drip off.

3. Gently coat in caster sugar.

4. Leave dry on plate before using to decorate. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container.

5. If you don't have roses, I would imagine other edible flower petals would do fine too.


  1. Hi Ju! Thanks for stopping by my blog =) I just love yours. Have linked it on my blog actually... This post made me happy. Reminded me of this lovely little rose florist chain in France that I love, which in addition to roses also sells rose everything - soap, candy, chocolate etc. I wish I could remember the name of it...

  2. Ooh I just remembered... And I just discovered they have branches in Shanghai! - clare

  3. Congartulations JU! you are very very popular aren't you? What an honour.

    oh those rose petals looks so delightfully adorable. Ive been thinking of doing them for a long time but I never know where to get organic petals :( plus they must be quite costly too I suppose.

    very very petty puddings :)))

  4. Those rose petals are so beautiful!!

  5. wow! What a sensational post! I love the cute sugar rose petals!

  6. Beautiful but I'm the old fashioned type who prefers red instead... :)

  7. I have the same book & I made the sugared rose petals before & liked them a lot!

    A festive dessert, Ju! Which brand did you use for the Belgian instant pudding? Impérial??

  8. Forget about the rose patels... I absolutely love your heart shaped mugs!!!!!!!

  9. so cute, thanks for sharing :) BTW, I'm loving your tea cups, they're so pretty

  10. Angie: Thank you, dear!!

    Mrs Multitasker: I am glad this post brought a smile to your face. Thanks for sharing the name of the florist chain ;) said...

    Zurin: Thanks! Not popular lah ... just blessed :) Organic roses are very hard to get here too. I just got regular ones. Didn't intend to eat them anyways. Heh.

    Memória: Aww, thank you!

    Quinn: Ah, red roses! ;)

    pigpigscorner: Thanks, dear!

    Ellie: LOL!!!

    Olive: Thanks so much!

    Sophie: Ah yes, you have over a hundred cookbooks, don't you, dear Sophie? ;))) How did you guess? It WAS Impérial! My aunt is flying to Brussels again tonight and she asked me if I wanted more chocs!!! I said NO! Next time, next time ... because I seriously have trouble finishing up my current batch!

  11. Beautiful! Perfect for an all girls night. :)

  12. So pretty and in those cups..w/ the petals strewn on the pretty plates..Like a fairy flower girl has danced by:)

    Ju..It's MY pleasure to know and see you:)
    Thank you so much.

  13. wow! such an inspiration! :) love it, and perfect pictures.

  14. Ju Ju Ju... I remove one of your recipes from my "got to make" file and you immediately replace it with another...

    A version of this will be on my Valentine's day menu... and what do you think of the idea of sugared MINT leaves in the summer for tea???

  15. sammi_ysh: Thank you! It is very girly, eh? ;)

    La Table De Nana: Thank you, dear Monique. I love the idea of a fairy flower girl dancing by. :)

    mannequin12: Pris, thank you!

    A Year on the Grill: LOL! But Dave, these are so easy to make. Mint leaves are a brilliant idea!!!

  16. WOW! This is a beautiful dessert, anymore to share?

  17. wow che meraviglia!!! complimenti!!

  18. Una bella e romantica idea, complimenti.
    Ciao Daniela.

  19. these frosted rose petals look very pretty. I would go for multi rainbow.

  20. Your photos are always stunning but these are just too cute - I love everything about them. Lighting, composition, color - the works.

  21. That's so pretty and really gives another dimension to the chocolate too :D

  22. Look very elegant indeed!! It's amazing how a simple thing can transform another simple thing ... If you get what I mean LOL!


  23. I love your cups ! They look so cute ! And those frosted rose petals are just perfect too ! I love this idea and will try it ... as soon as I find organic roses ... so I can eat them ! ;o))
    Have a nice day ... Here, it's rainy and windy ... The perfect time to begin crafts for Christmas ! ;o)

  24. ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh (my turn! hahaha!)
    a million bucks indeed, ju :)
    very pretty!
    compliments the dessert and the cute cups!
    very vday-ish! i like :)
    cant imagine having to eat those rose petals,
    have never tried!

  25. JU...just lovely...just like you!

  26. Brilliant idea to make sugar frosted Rose Petals! They look awesome and I can imagine how good they went with the Choc Pudding!

  27. As usual, nice series of photos, and this also look so lovely and nice.

  28. Congratulations ! Your blog is so greedy and sweet, each time, I like to have a walk on your blog
    As these frosted rose petals, what a nice idea !
    It's so beautiful, bravo !

  29. I've always wanted to use fresh flowers to decorate my cakes, but was always afraid to because of the amount of pesticides on them. My aunt is a florist and constantly warns us of that..:(

    Do you think it works on strawberries instead? A big fat red bling-bling.. :D

    I love your cups too! :)

  30. Sugared rose petals are like magic...and with chocolate pudding, instant or not, sheer delight. And perfect for mother/daughter bonding!


  31. Ooooh! lovely! Loved the pudding and those adorable rose petals too!