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7 Amazing Lavender Dessert Recipes
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Eating Lavender: The Trend and Some Tips
Lavender is one of the ingredients that seems to now be on the menus of every trendy restaurant. There are lavender cocktails and lavender iced teas, there are lavender-spiced meats and lavender-infused vegetarian entrees. But ultimately, this is a flower, and a flower is similar in taste to a fruit. And we all know that fruit is a great item to be used in dessert recipes. Lavender in desserts makes for a fresh, aromatic option that is ideal in spring and summer cooking.
If you want to jump on this trend, the following tips are useful (and hopefully the seven recipes following these tips will appeal to you!)
Tips for Eating and Cooking with Lavender
- You can use fresh lavender from your home garden. However, you don't want to choose lavender from flower gardens or nurseries because they may have been treated with pesticides. You can also sometimes get fresh lavender from cooking at your local farmer's market but confirm with the farmer that it's safe to consume. If so, you want to look for bright, colorful lavender that isn't wilted or fading.
- Alternatively, you can use dried lavender in your recipe. As with any time that you substitute dried herbs for fresh herbs, you will want to have fewer dried herbs in the recipe than fresh herbs (approximately one third to one half of the amount of fresh lavender). This is due to the fact that the dried lavender has a stronger taste. You want your food to have a hint of lavender, not to taste like a bouquet!
- You primarily use the flowers of lavender when you are making desserts. However, the leaves and stems of lavender are also edible. You can use them as garnishes around your lavender dish. You can also use them to replace rosemary in any dessert recipes that have this unique herb in them.
- It is possible to buy lavender sugar in specialty stores and online. Use this in place of sugar in any dessert recipe for a hint of the lavender taste.
Lavender Dessert Recipe #1: Lavender Honey Hard Cookies
These cookies are solid cookies designed for dipping in milk or tea. This recipe makes approximately two dozen cookies.
- Mix together 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon each baking soda and salt.
- In separate bowl, mix together 2 small eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon orange citrus peel and 1 tablespoon dried lavender.
- Slowly add the mixture from the first bowl into the second bowl, folding the mixture in to create the dough for your cookies.
- Spoon dough into cookies on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Lavender Dessert Recipe #2: Lavender Sugar Cookies
If you want a more traditional batch of cookies for your lavender dessert then go with sugar cookies that have a hint of lavender in them. Of course, you could just use lavender sugar in any traditional sugar cookie recipe. But you could also do this (recipe is for three dozen cookies):
- Mix one cup butter and one egg in bowl until thoroughly mixed.
- Add one quarter cup white sugar and 4 tablespoons powdered sugar and mix completely.
- Slowly add two cups flour, mixing well.
- Add 1/2 tablespoon dried lavender and a pinch of salt. Mix completely.
- Roll this dough into a log. Wrap the log in plastic wrap. Chill for two hours.
- Cover lightly with butter and roll the log in sugar.
- Slice the log into cookie slices. Place these slices on greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Lavender Dessert Recipe #3: Lavender Creme Brulee
Need a dessert that's richer and creamier than just cookies? Lavender creme brulee is a great choice. Recipe serves 6.
- Combine four cups heavy cream with 1 tablespoon dried lavender in a saucepan. Heat to a simmer, remove from heat and let sit five minutes. Drain through cheesecloth and set aside.
- In separate bowl mix eight egg yolks (without egg whites) and 1 cup sugar. Make a light, fluffy egg mixture by whisking until well-blended.
- Add first mixture to second mixture, blending together slowly by hand.
- Butter six creme brulee cups and pour the mixture evenly into these cups. Place these cups inside of a glass baking dish.
- Boil several cups of water in a clean saucepan. Pour the warm water into the glass dish so that it comes about halfway up the sides of the creme brulee cups.
- Bake at 300 degrees for one hour. Remove from oven, let sit until water is cool and then refrigerate just the creme brulee cups overnight.
- Add sugar to the tops of the creme brulee cups and use hand-held torch to finish off the dish. Enjoy!
Lavender Dessert Recipe #4: Lavender Lemon Cake
Enjoy this as a regular dessert or a breakfast treat!
- Mix 4 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon dried lavender and pinch of salt in bowl.
- In separate bowl, mix 2 sticks butter, 2 cups sugar and 3 tablespoons lemon citrus peel. Use mixer on low to mix thoroughly.
- Slowly add five eggs into the mixture, mixing them in completely.
- Add 1/4 cup lemon juice and mix completely.
- Slowly add dry mixture from first bowl into second bowl, mixing thoroughly by hand.
- Pour into small cake pan. Bake on 350 for one hour.
- Add your favorite cake frosting or glaze after the cake has cooled.
Lavender Dessert Recipe #5: Lavender Ice Cream
This is a great dessert for someone who has an ice cream maker! Makes eight servings.
- Heat 12 ounces of honey in small saucepan.
- Add 2 teaspoons crushed dried lavender to mix and continue heating.
- Add 1 1/2 pints heavy cream. Mix thoroughly over heat.
- Cool over ice.
- Add to ice cream maker and the recipe is ready to go!
Lavender Dessert Recipe #6: Lavender Cherry Topping
This topping is great over white cakes, chocolate ice cream and dessert breads. Recipe makes four cups.
- Melt 1/2 cup butter in saucepan.
- Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon dried lavender, 4 cups pitted cherries and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and continue to heat.
- Heat until the mixture is simmering. Spoon as topping over your chosen dessert!
Lavender Dessert Recipe #7: Lavender Fudge
This is a great treat to enjoy at home and also makes a wonderful gift for others! Makes two dozen small pieces of fudge.
- Heat 1/2 cup evaporated milk in saucepan.
- Add 1/2 tablespoon dried lavender. Heat to simmering. Remove from heat, cover and let sit five minutes.
- Strain out lavender. Return to heat.
- Add 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon butter and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Add 1 cup marshmallows, 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir until thoroughly mixed. (The marshmallows and chocolate chips should melt in the heated milk even though you've removed the mixture from the heat source).
- Pour mixture into small greased baking pan. Do not bake! Instead, refrigerate the mixture overnight.
- Cut into two dozen fudge pieces and enjoy!
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Health Benefits of Lavender
Need an excuse to eat some of these desserts? At least you can say that the lavender is good for you. Health benefits of lavender include:
- Lavender is good for your skin. It has anti-aging properties.
- The scent of lavender relieves anxiety. You'll de-stress as you cook with it.
- Lavender promotes a good night's sleep. That's why it's great for a dessert before bedtime!
- Lavender helps to improve digestion.