|(Lavandula officinalis) Lavender is a flowering perennial herb that is native to the Mediterranean, primarily Spain and France. While it is now cultivated in many other places, a vast amount of the lavender available for purchase today is still grown in France. Lavender has been used both medicinally and for cosmetic and culinary purposes for thousands of years. |
These beautifully fragrant flowers can be found in lotions, soaps, eye pillows, bath blends, massage blends and more. Muslin bags filled with lavender make a fabulous sachet for your clothing drawer or in the dryer to infuse your clothes with this heady smell. Add some to the bath to help alleviate tension, stress and insomnia.
A popular French blend of herbs for cooking, called Herbes de Provence, sometimes contains lavender flowers and is used on chicken, vegetables and meat. Lavender also enhances tea, cookies, cakes and more.
Medicinally, the aroma (both dried and brewed) is thought to be uplifting and calming.
Brew 1 tsp of herb in 1 cup of water at 212º - steep for 5 minutes.
Substitute for rosemary in many bread recipes
Put the flowers in sugar and seal tightly for a couple of weeks. Use this sugar in your favorite dessert recipes.
For a professional finish, garnish ice cream, cakes, and more.
Mix with softened butter to use on scones, cakes, etc. You can also blend lavender and butter with savory herbs (such as parsley, thyme, tarragon, chives) or garlic to use on a variety of dishes ranging from poultry to vegetables.
Lavender Body Powder
½ cup corn starch
½ cup French clay
4 Tbsp. dried lavender
Lavender essential oil (optional)
Using a clean coffee or spice grinder, grind the lavender flowers to a powder (as close as possible). Mix together all 3 ingredients. For a stronger aroma, you can add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Stir. Store in a glass jar or a shaker bottle.
Lavender Lemon Bundt Cake
Recipe from Sweet Miniatures by Flo Braker
3 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbs. dried lavender flowers
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. pure lemon extract
1 cup plain yogurt
1 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest
2 Tbs. honey
1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
1 Tbs. lemon juice
Have all the ingredients at room temperature.
Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 325°F. Grease and flour a fleur-de-lis cake pan or a 10-cup Bundt pan; tap out excess flour.
To make the cake, over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar and lavender and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in the lemon extract.
Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the yogurt and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat each addition until just incorporated, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the lemon zest.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, spreading the batter so the sides are higher than the center. Bake until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool upright in the pan for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the honey until runny. Place the 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar in a small bowl, add the honey and lemon juice and stir to blend.
Set the rack over a sheet of waxed paper, invert the pan onto the rack and lift off the pan. Using a pastry brush, brush the cake with the glaze. Let the cake cool completely, at least 2 hours, before serving. Dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.
See other recipe ideas for Lavender
Please note: The information given here has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.