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Cooking with lavender 
22nd-Jul-2012 10:59 am

When MWNN and I visited Hitchin Lavender, I asked if the farm's lavender was suitable for cooking. The assistant said it was but to use it sparingly, especially the dried version. I said I'd like to try using the lavender from my garden and was told that it would be ideal as it was best to use just picked lavender.

I searched for recipes online and came up with a fairly simple one for lavender shortbread. I'm keen to try it out and 'test' it on MWNN when he returns from cat-sitting duties at The Daughter's (104) house.

  • 150g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 100g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp culinary dried lavender flowers
Preheat oven to 160degC. Slightly crush 1tsp lavender flowers in a pestle and mortar to release the natural oils. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl with the caster sugar, butter and crushed lavender, and rub in using fingertips to make a crumbly mixture which can then be kneaded together to make a dough. Roll out to 1cm thick and cut into individual rounds. Sprinkle with the remaining lavender flowers, pressing them down gently until they stick, then bake for 10-15 mins until the shortbread is just starting to brown. Leave for 10 mins before removing from baking tray, and sprinkle with caster sugar.

If my baking is OK, I plan to take some lavender shortbread to Wales, for a friend, when I visit following cheering on 103 and 104 in Ironman UK Wales

Ironman UK, Bolton is happening today. You can track 103 and 104 on the day using the competitor tracking.
22nd-Jul-2012 10:36 am (UTC)
Sounds delicious! I've had lavender in scones before and that was lovely! 104 - have fun!
23rd-Jul-2012 10:33 am (UTC)

104 did extremely well (as did 103). 104 fiished in under 15 hours - and managed to 'run' across the line.
22nd-Jul-2012 11:12 am (UTC)
I like Lavender in Herbes De Provence but I'm not a big fan of it in biscuits, too scented for my taste or maybe the recipies I've tried have been too heavy handed

Edited at 2012-07-22 11:13 (UTC)
23rd-Jul-2012 10:34 am (UTC)
"maybe the recipies I've tried have been too heavy handed"

I think that is probably the case. All the recipes I found warned about using too much.
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