6 decorative herb branches

Not intended to be eaten, use these sugared branches to garnish a pumpkin pie, fruitcake, or other holiday cake, or to decorate a gift package or embellish a centerpiece. You can prepare this recipe with small rosemary sprigs that come in bunches at the grocery store, but the effect won't be as dramatic as with long branches from a winter garden.

How to Make It

Step 1

Using a small pastry brush, brush 1 rosemary branch with egg white (do not dip branches into egg white). Working over a wire rack and wax paper, sprinkle rosemary heavily with sugar through a wire-mesh sieve, turning to coat. Shake off excess sugar; place rosemary on wire rack to dry. Repeat with remaining rosemary, egg white, and sugar. Let rosemary stand at least 8 hours or until dry; use immediately, or keep up to 1 week, uncovered, at room temperature.

Step 2

Tip: Make your own superfine sugar by pulsing granulated sugar in a food processor for about 30 seconds.

Christmas with Southern Living 2004

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