Monday, 4 June 2012

Lavender Shortbread & Strawberries





Lavender Shortbread with Strawberries


One of the desserts when I stayed at St Andrews Old Course Hotel was a creme brulee served with lavender shortbread. The lavender flavour was so subtle that I almost couldn't detect it - but it did remind me that a friend had shared her mum's lavender shortbread recipe with me, and inspired me to get on and try it out. I served the shortbread rounds with clotted cream, and strawberries in lavender syrup, for a beautiful summer dessert.

A pleasant side-effect of this recipe was that the scent of lavender absolutely filled the kitchen while the shortbread was baking - a kind of natural air-freshener. The lavender flavour came through very strongly in the taste, as well, so you might want to play around with the quantities if you prefer something more subtle.




Lavender shortbread


Lavender Shortbread with Strawberries and Cream

For the shortbread
85g / 3oz plain flour
85g / 3oz cornflour
55g / 2oz caster sugar
110g / 4oz butter
2tsp dried lavender

For the lavender strawberries
200g / 7oz fresh strawberries (washed and halved)
3tbsp white sugar
2tbsp hot water
1 tsp dried lavender

To serve
170g / 6oz clotted cream

  • Preheat the oven to 140°C (for fan ovens).
  • Mix the cornflour and plain flour together, breaking up any lumps (sieve if necessary).
  • Cream the butter and sugar together in a separate bowl.
  • Beat the butter and sugar mixture until fluffy, then fold in the flour and lavender.
  • Knead together to form a uniform dough with no loose flour (it will still be slightly crumbly)
  • Divide the dough into 12 even-sized pieces, roll each piece into a ball and press into a flattened circle.
  • Arrange on a baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes until the tops are just starting to brown.
  • Meanwhile, make the lavender syrup by dissolving the sugar in the hot water and adding lavender. Set aside. (You could also make the lavender syrup the night before, and leave to infuse for a stronger flavour.)
  • Once the shortbread rounds are finished, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  • Strain the lavender syrup to remove most of the flowers, and toss the strawberries in the syrup.
  • Serve the biscuits with a scoop of clotted cream and a few strawberries.
Linking up at Delicious Dish Tuesday.


20 comments:

Stephanie V said...

Oh, Rachel. This sounds heavenly. Hope the lavender and the strawberries from our garden will be enough to make this dish.

Ourfamilyworld said...

This sounds so good. I am feeling so hungry now. Thanks for sharing.

Being Tazim said...

Oh yum, I love the subtle flavor of lavender.

Lena & Alex said...

Looks so yummy

rosaria williams said...

Lovely! I shall save the recipe for a day when I need a wonderful lavender pick-me-up. Thanks.

Kazzy said...

Wow! That looks delishhh!

Isra said...

This sounds so good. We lived in Lancaster for 6 months and all I remember was the amazing shortbread everywhere!

Casey said...

yummmmmmy

Rachel said...

Sounds lovely. I have a recipe for lavender ice cream somewhere, also gorgeous. Must look it up!

Johanna GGG said...

I really want to make these - they look perfect for a posh afternoon tea

Leila Kennedy said...

I never realized that lavendar was edible! I'm actually excited about that! :) This looks great! Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to add it to my dessert pinboard! Yum!

The Shopping Duck said...

This looks so delicious. I love shortbread and really want to try this version.

Bibliomama said...

We have tons of lavender in the garden, and I've always meant to try it in cake or cookies - this will be the summer! Almost certainly. Maybe.

Fly Girl said...

I love lavender, I just bought some lavender cuticle oil in San Antonio. Do you found that the scent is still relaxing buried under the sugar?

Ghada @Mama goes BAM said...

Yum! This sounds and looks so good! And I love the use of lavender

Karren said...

Hi there stopping by from FB Congratulation on Member Of The Day!! I have always wondered what lavender would taste like in baking.Your cookies look delicious, I can almost smell the lavender, might be my heated back wrap, lol. Have a great week, Hope you can stop by and say hello as well,
Oh! My Heartsie Karren

crumpetsandco said...

Love lavender and love shortbread, fantastic entry for the WHB.... Thank you!!!
Terry

Full Time Mama said...

WOW, this looks so good!
Thanks so much for sharing with Delicious Dish Tuesday! Come back Tuesday and share another!

Amanda said...

I have never made short bread. I love lavender so I am going to have to try this recipe soon!!

Claire @ A Little Claireification said...

Oh. My. Gosh. These sound amazing. I love lavender in baking and we just so happen to have a little British shoppe here in FL where we can get "proper" clotted cream. :) I will make these and I am pinning this now!

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