Friday, August 21, 2009

Lavender Sugar

In my garden, I have a walkway that is lined with lavender. The flower heads lean over the flagstones as they reach for the sun, brushing up against me as I walk along. The fresh relaxing scent of lavender is released, reminding me to slow down and breathe deeply. Sometimes I stop and press the flower between my fingers to get an extra waft of the romantic fragrance. I have tucked it in my drawers, put it in bowls in my living room and made small pillows to give sweet dreams. I love it in food...sweet or why not add it to sugar for everyday use? I had a jar of white sparkling sugar and plenty of lavender flowers to harvest, so I mixed them together. Now I will have another reminder of summer's sunshine and thoughts of lavender fields, near and far.For your Lavender Sugar always only use lavender that has not been sprayed with any pesticides. If you buy the flowers, you can never be sure if they are pesticide free unless stated. I like the look of seeing the loose flowers in the sugar, but if you only want the flavor, tie them in cheesecloth. This sugar may be used to flavor cakes, cookies, ice cream or to simply put in your tea. It makes a great gift, especially if it's from your own garden.

Lavender Sugar

8 ounces white sparkling sugar or white granulated sugar
3 tablespoons lavender flowers, removed from stem

Mix sugar and lavender together and store in an airtight container. If you don't want the loose flowers in the sugar, tie the lavender flowers into a small piece of double cheesecloth and remove after 2 weeks. It takes about 2 weeks for the flowers to flavor the sugar.
To use, sprinkle into tea, on pastries or bake with it.

Lavender Sugar recipe (pdf)

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Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Honestly, I'm not a lavender fan but I saw your picture on tastespotting and I just had to tell you that the picture is just gorgeous!

food with style said...

gorgeous post, i love lavender so much, you did it such justice, it is the queen of my garden~

nenavita said...

ever tried lavender with chocolate? i make a flourless chocolate lavender cake that is just pure heaven! thanks for this great tip, and lovely pics.

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Gorgeous photos Diane! I like to press lavender sugar into the top of shortbread before baking, it adds an nice extra layer of fragrance.

Thank you for the reminder to put some blossoms aside to make lavender sugar ~ now is the time! Happy weekend. xo

La Table De Nana said...

My first lavender sugar is made w/ Jain's lavender:) It is in an apothecary jar w/ a Flower Fairy on the front:)
I never thought of sitting it on a Paris book,génial!

Such a pretty post!

2 Stews said...

Thanks for the positive comment Jessica@Foodmayhem!

Jain...I'm with you about the sits on the throne beside roses (and your irises, of course!)

Nenavita...lavender in a flourless chocolate cake sounds so-o-o amazing as well as with shortbread, Mari. I've never made lavender sugar before and it seems to open a whole new world!

Monique...I'm fairly Paris book and a cup of tea are almost always on my side table and the sugar just got put proudly on top!

xoxo's to all!

kamran siddiqi said...

I found your blog via Tastespotting and your photos are simply gorgeous! Great content, as well! :D