People Are Taking Up 'Flower Baking' During Lockdown
In lockdown, boredom has driven every man and his dog to become a star baker.
But if you've done the sourdough, soda bread and pizza already, then why not test your skillset further, and see if you can turn your bake into a floral masterpiece?!
The tasty new baking trend, known as flower baking, basically involves topping your baked goods with vegetables, herbs, candied fruit, pastry or even real flowers to make your food as pretty as a blossoming garden.
It's a great opportunity to get creative, but worth noting, only some flowers are safe to eat.
Take a look at the Royal Horticultural Society's guidelines before picking them willy-nilly from your garden - and make sure, when using appropriate edible flowers, that they haven't been sprayed with any toxic chemicals.
Professional baker Teri Culletto, from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, was one of the first to turn her baking into floral art, coining her creations 'Van Dough'.
She started with a heart made out of vegetables on Valentine's Day, before moving on to floral landscapes.
But the concept has since become so popular that it has taken on a life of its own, and can now be seen on loaves of bread, biscuits, cakes and even quiches.
Speaking to Tyla, TikToker and flower art aficionado Makenna Uraine said: "My tip is just to go to the grocery store and pick out the most colourful veggies you can find.
"And if you are using edible flowers, add them towards the end of the cooking time so they don't wilt".
While, Lisa, who owns cooking Instagram @lis4cooks said: "My biggest tip would be to have all of your ingredients set out... mise en place.
"Put on some funky tunes and have fun with it".
Just a scroll through social media shows that people are doing just that:
Fancy yourself the next Picasso of the baking world? Grab some vegetables, herbs or petals and prove it!
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