Crystallized Lemon-Thyme

This recipe is used in our Lemon-Thyme Pound Wedding Cake with Meringue Buttercream.

  • Yield: Makes 12
Crystallized Lemon-Thyme

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2013


  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • Small, natural-bristle paintbrush (used only for pastry)
  • 12 fresh lemon-thyme sprigs, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar


  1. Place the egg white into a small ramekin. Using a fork, stir 1 teaspoon of water into the lightly beaten egg white. Using a small paintbrush, lightly coat one lemon thyme sprig with egg white (the sprig should not be dripping); sprinkle the sprig with the superfine sugar, shaking off excess. Place sprig onto parchment or wax paper to dry. Sprigs may be crystallized in advance, thoroughly dried, and stored in a plastic container for up to 1 week; however, they look best when used within 24 hours. Do not refrigerate.

Cook's Notes

Excessive humidity melts sugar, so it is important to keep the crystallized sprigs away from humidity. Also, make sure they are thoroughly dried before storing in an airtight container.


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