Having grown up in Devon and worked at River Cottage, edible flowers isn’t a new concept to me. Quite often the chefs would use flowers from the garden to decorate plates or add seasoning to different dishes. However, since moving to London edible flowers are not something that I’ve seen used as much as I think they should be.
Sainsbury’s invited me to an event to celebrate the launch of edible flowers in their stores. They currently have the flowers already present in some of their salad bowls. The flowers add a unique touch for summer. Sainsbury’s have now launched a box containing a variety of edible flowers that can be used for cooking creations at home.
Edible Flowers Masterclass with GBBO’s Chetna Makan:
The event was hosted by Great British Bake Off’s own, Chetna Makan. Having been a huge GBBO fan for years I couldn’t wait to learn from Chetna herself.
The event was an edible flower cake decorating masterclass. I love baking at home but I usually have a bit of a disaster when it comes to the decorating. To begin with, Chetna demonstrated the best techniques to use when icing with buttercream. She then went on to create an amazing layered wedding cake. The cake was decorated with delicate henna design piping and a variety of edible flowers. I’ll leave you to admire Chetna’s creation which tasted as amazing as it looked.
While we were getting to grips with creating our own mini masterpieces, we were treated to a summer menu. Chetna had prepared an edible flower inspired menu, with the flowers used as garnish on savoury dishes. The flowers were also used in the frosé (frozen rosé), highlighting the diversity of the flowers.
After the demonstration we set about decorating our own cakes. Surprisingly the decorating was easier than I’d imagined. Thankfully, it is hard to go wrong using the seasonal flowers to dress the cake. In contrast to Chetna’s cake, see what I came out with below. It is safe to say that I won’t be competing for the role of star baker anytime soon! I was able to take the cake away with me from the event. The next day, friends and I had a GBBO lunch at University. The flowers lasted well and in the packaging they can be kept for up to a week in the fridge.
Keep a lookout for them at your local Sainsbury’s, as the flower make the ideal addition to any summer party or BBQ menu.