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Peggy’s Lavender and Honey Coffee Cake

September 19, 2017

This lavender and honey coffee cake is pure comfort food!!

The lavender is subtle and compliments the honey and cinnamon in this recipe….so delicious!!

I put the one teaspoon of lavender buds (be sure to use organic) on a cutting board and finely chop.

Have fun baking and I hope you love this coffee cake as much as I do! – Peggy

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DIY Lavender Sugar

January 11, 2017

I absolutely love Lavender Sugar!

You can substitute the sugar in any recipe with the lavender sugar and savor a whole new flavor experience! It’s my favorite way to enjoy lavender in cooking or baking!

It’s so simple to make….

Combine 2 cups sugar and 1 tablespoon lavender buds in Food Processor on mince setting until lavender is finely ground throughout the sugar. I have actually started increasing the amount of lavender buds I use….I combine 2 cups sugar and 2 tablespoons of buds. Have fun trying it both ways and see what you prefer!

Be sure the lavender buds you are using have not been sprayed with pesticides, use only culinary grade lavender.

Lavender Sugar is amazing in desserts, quick breads, muffins, scones, dressings, marinades and meat rubs.

Experiment and enjoy! Try my favorite Chocolate Lavender Cookies!

 

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Chocolate Cookies w/Lavender Sugar

November 4, 2016

As you already know…my favorite way to enjoy culinary lavender is by using Lavender Sugar!

Here is how I make it: Combine 2 cups sugar and 2 tablespoon lavender buds in Food Processor on mince setting until lavender is finely ground throughout the sugar.

NOTE :  If you don’t want to make Lavender Sugar for this recipe….you can use plain white sugar and 1 t. lavender buds (chop finely on cutting board with knife).

My recipe for Chocolate Lavender Cookies:

½ cup oil

¾ cup lavender sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

⅓ cup cocoa

1 1/2 cups flour

1 t. salt

1 t. baking soda

1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

 

Combine all ingredients. Drop by teaspoon onto cookie sheet. Sprinkle tops with lavender sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. ENJOY!!!

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Lemon Lavender Tea Cookies

November 4, 2016

My favorite way to enjoy lavender in cooking is to replace the sugar in a recipe with Lavender Sugar. It’s so easy to DIY!

Here’s how I make it: Combine 2 cups sugar and one tablespoon lavender buds in a Food Processor on mince setting until lavender is finely ground throughout the sugar.

Add this delicately floral sugar to any dessert, muffins, scones, tea, dressings and marinades or sprinkle on any baked good for a fresh and elegant treat.

NOTE :  If you don’t want to make Lavender Sugar for this recipe….you can use plain white sugar and 1 t. lavender buds (finely chop on cutting board with knife).

Try my Lemon Lavender Tea Cookies

½ cup oil

¾ cup lavender sugar

1 egg

1 T. lemon extract

1 1/2 cups flour

½ t. salt

1/2 t. baking soda

 

Combine all ingredients. Roll 1 inch balls in sugar and place on cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes. ENJOY!!!

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Culinary Lavender Uses

Lavender Use #8 – Culinary

March 25, 2016

Try it….put some lavender in your scones or sprinkle on cupcakes and enjoy a new flavor experience!IMG_0837

Lavender is a member of the mint family and has a sweet, floral flavor with touches of citrus. English lavenders (Hidcote and Munstead) are the sweetest varieties of lavender and the ones chosen for cooking.

Use a light touch when including lavender in cooking…a little bit goes a long way….too much and you will be left with a bitter dish. And be sure to use pesticide-free culinary lavender.

The essence of lavender gets stronger as it dries. When cooking with lavender, use 1/3 the quantity of dried lavender flowers to fresh flowers. So, if a recipe calls for 3 teaspoons fresh lavender, try substituting 1 teaspoon dried.

Lavender’s sweet flavor goes really well with chocolate, berries, pears, lemon, orange, sage, rosemary, thyme, honey, jellies, and meats.

img_6361It’s delicious added to scones, quick breads, desserts, meat rubs, honey, salad dressings, stews, ice cream, and drinks. Try our “Gourmet Lemon Lavender Muffins”, get the recipe here.

My favorite way to use lavender in cooking or baking is to use lavender sugar.

My Lavender Sugar Recipe:

I add 1 Tablespoon dried lavender to 2 cups sugar and blend using a food processor until the lavender is fine. Place in covered jar. When a recipe calls for sugar, I substitute it with my lavender sugar! It can also be added to tea or sprinkled on muffins or cookies.

Here is my latest yummy recipe for “Chocolate Lavender Cookies”……These are delicious!!!

Combine all ingredients. Drop by teaspoon onto cookie sheets. Sprinkle tops with lavender sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 min. ENJOY!!IMG_3806IMG_3800

 

 

 

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Culinary Lavender – cooking with style!

February 18, 2016
culinary lavender

IMG_1443DID YOU KNOW?

You can use the lavender flower buds in cooking – lavender tea, salad dressings, lavender salt, lavender sugar, the French herb -Herbes de Provence, in lemonade, and in baked goods!

When using lavender in food, go light with it. It should be the last thing that you taste, not the first!

You can also add lavender to sugar and dip the rim a goblet in water, then the sugar for an elegantly flavored, sugar rimmed decoration.

If you’d like to try some natural culinary lavender grown on our farm you can find it here.

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Gourmet Lemon Lavender Muffins

November 19, 2015

Try these refreshing Lemon Lavender Muffins to give your traditional muffins a little boost!IMG_0570

Gourmet Lemon Lavender Muffins
1 egg
⅓ c. oil
2 t. lemon extract **
½ c. milk
½ c. sugar
1 ½ c. flour
2 t. baking powder
½ t. salt
1 T. lavender buds

Topping: 3 T. melted butter, ¼ c. sugar

Mix well: egg, oil, lemon extract, milk and sugar. Add dry ingredients and stir just until blended.

Fill greased or lined muffin cups about ¾ full. Makes 10 muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Topping: When warm from oven – dip each muffin top in butter then sugar.

Variations: **or 3 T. lemon juice.

Quick Bread directions: place batter in greased bread pan and baking at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. When warm from oven – brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar.

Enjoy!