In early spring when sweet violets abound & you can possibly bear to pick so many at once, it is a wonderful time to make a fragrant jelly.
Pick yourself a good cup or two of fresh violets (no leaves).
Give them a little rinse & shake off the water.
Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the flowers & leave them to steep for an hour or so, even overnight if you like.
Squeeze the juice of a lemon in to the bowl & marvel as the colour changes.
In a small saucepan stir a dsp of powdered gelatine & 1/2 cup of the violet liquid together.
Sit for 5-10 mins
Then heat gently, stirring until the gelatine has dissolved.
Remove from the heat & stir in a tbsp or two of honey (or raw sugar if you prefer)
Strain the remaining violet liquid in to the pot & stir gently.
Add a a little rose water if you like.
Pour in to pretty dishes & leave in the fridge to set.
And softer when the gelatine has been added.
turned a soft orange shade.
If you prefer to use gelatine leaves just use the standard quantities to set your jelly.
Alter the sweetening to your own taste & most of all have fun with your beautiful violets.