Archive | lavender RSS feed for this section

Sugar! (oh, and lavender bread…)

11 Feb


So the handsome lavender holder above is my new kitten Sugar….he’s the sweetest thing around. Sugar spends his days jumping on every surface in my apartment, carrying around a green fuzzy mouse, and trying to nurse my 3 year old male cat. Sugar is cute, but oh so dumb.

Anyway, my dried lavender was making eyes at me the other night, so I decided to make a little lavender bread for my co-workers. I found a super easy recipe, and followed it pretty much word for word. You really can’t mess up a basic tea bread. It was a little on the dry side, but a thin layer of yogurt butter fixed it up nicely.

Lavender Bread
makes 1 loaf / adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender (the recipe called for fresh, but ‘tevs)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Here’s what I did:

  1. Heat the milk and lavender together in a small saucepan on medium. Get the mixture to a simmer, and then remove from heat to cool.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth, then add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture alternately with the milk/lavender until just incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into a 9″ x 5″ greased bread pan and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour.
  6. Cool bread on a wire rack and then eat it!
Advertisements

Lavender Birthday Cookies

11 Feb


I recently celebrated my birthday and received a gift of dried lavender from one of my lovely ladies. I’ve wanted to get my hands on this beautifully delicious flower for a while now and spent hours searching for my first lavender recipe. I decided on a basic sugar cookie recipe that called for lemon juice – yum. Several things were learned during this process: 1) baking with lavender makes your apartment smell like heaven (like, an expansive field of wildflowers heaven with weeping willows and puppies), 2) you don’t need a rolling pin to make sugar cookies, and 3) I LOVE LAVENDER.

Lavender Birthday Cookies
makes 6 dozen / adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 tablespoon lavender
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar (divided)
  • 1 lb. butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 6 cups flour

Here’s what I did:

  1. Blend lavender and ¼ cup of the sugar in a food processor (I used a regular blender).
  2. Beat butter with Lucy (or whatever you call your mixer) until smooth.
  3. Mix in the remaining 1 ½ cups of sugar gradually.
  4. Mix in the lemon juice and egg until fully incorporated.
  5. Mix in the flour and the lavender/sugar mixture.
  6. Form small, one inch balls with the dough (I used my hands…fun) and place on greased baking sheet.
  7. Sprinkle each cookie lightly with sugar and gently flatten with bottom of a small glass.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees about 9 minutes or until lightly golden.
  9. Cool on wire rack and eat it!