Lavender, its furry hedges wafting a delicate scent in the iciness sunshine, is one of my preferred herbs. I was going via my recipe books yesterday, looking for something new to strive in the biscuit baking line and noticed a recipe for Lavender Heart Cookies. Every time I’d glanced through the book it had usually intrigued me, however, I’d never tried it before, as the notion of the usage of lavender in baking seemed a little bizarre…interesting however likely getting consequences of ‘yuk Mum, what are these bits?’
Anyway, in the spirit of culinary adventure, I concept I’d have a go. The ingredients had been minimal – butter, sugar, flour, and flowers! Lavender florets. So off I went to choose the lavender. Not lots used to be required, just two tablespoons of clean florets (the little purple flower bits off the main stalk), so I had a satisfactory therapeutic moment selecting the exceptional stalks from my lavender hedge, which is nonetheless producing new vegetation regardless of it being the middle of iciness here. Then came the mixing all the elements collectively into a crumbly dough, which is greater crumb than dough, however finally did all work together. After its rest in the fridge, I tentatively rolled out the dough, still crumbling madly, however it used to be subsequently persuaded to stay together by an insistent rolling pin. I churlishly refused my youngest daughters provides of assist in slicing out the hearts…mean of me, I know, but this was once my experience of exploration now not hers, this time!
They got here out of the oven, fragrant and golden. The second of reckoning drew near. Children, scenting new baking, gathered around. The female uncritically tucked in, my son, the conservative connoisseur, turned away, however, changed his thought at the appreciative noises around him. A cautious nibble and he used to be satisfied – I was not trying to poison them…!
Here’s the recipe in case you’d like a culinary adventure too!
- Lavender Heart Cookies
- 115g/4oz butter
- 90ml/6 tablespoons caster sugar
- 175g/6oz undeniable flour
- 2 tablespoons sparkling lavender florets
Cream collectively the butter and 60ml/4 tablespoons of the sugar until mild and fluffy. Stir in the flour and lavender and work it in, kneading with your fingers till it comes collectively into a tender ball of dough. Cover with cling movie and kick back in the fridge for 15 minutes. Roll out on a gently floured surface. Makes about 18 with a 5cm/2inch cutter. Put cautiously onto a gently greased baking tray and sprinkle the final sugar onto the pinnacle of each shape. Bake at 200C/400F for about 10 minutes until golden. Leave the cookies on the tray for 5 minutes, earlier than inserting on to a cooling rack.
So my scan was deemed a success. The adults, later that evening, also preferred them. ”Elizabethan” suggested my sister-in-law, and “packaged in a noticeable container they’d make a great gift”. I have to admit right here that, given the desire of a chocolate biscuit or a lavender one, the teens would unanimously vote for chocolate, however, the truth that they considered them safe to eat at all when they knew they had vegetation in, is a tremendously excessive reward for this recipe. I used to be the one who surreptitiously finished them off the subsequent morning with my tea. That fragrant flavor on the palate, clean yet sweet, used to be irresistible!