Cooking with Lavender

Cooking with Lavender – Lavender Ice Cream

Lavender Ice Cream Ingredients4 egg yolks 1/2 pint (250ml) milk 1/2 pint (250ml) double cream 100g sugar or caster sugar 0.5ml Lavender Essence (15 drops)Method Bring the milk slowly to boiling point in a saucepan. Separately, mix together the egg yolks and sugar until thick. Pour into this the hot milk, whilst continuously stirring. Then pour the mixture back into the pan and heat gently, stirring until the custard thickens – do not boil or it will curdle. When you can see a film form [...]

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Cooking with Lavender – Chicken with Lemon and Lavender Sauce

Chicken with Lemon and Lavender Sauce Ingredients2 chicken breasts 300ml good chicken stock 10 drops Lavender Essence or 1 tsp lavender flowers 10g butter 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 level teaspoons plain flour 3 tablespoons double cream salt and pepper 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice fresh lavender flowers to garnishMethod Place the stock and lavender essence in a saucepan and bring to boil. Add the chicken breasts and return to boil and poach for 12-14 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken to a dish and keep warm [...]

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Cooking with Lavender – Marinades for BBQ Meats

Marinades for BBQ Meats Mix 4 tbsp olive oil with 5 drops of Kentish Lavender Cooking Essence or Rosemary Cooking Essence – Hot, one crushed garlic clove plus salt and pepper. Brush on lamb, beef or chicken before cooking on the BBQ and sprinkle with lavender flower heads or sprigs of rosemary. Use the same rosemary or lavender marinade for roasting vegetables or potatoes. Par-boil medium-sized potatoes with skins for 5 minutes, cut in half, brush with the marinade and roast [...]

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Cooking with Lavender – Lavender Yoghurt Cheesecake

Lavender Yoghurt Cheesecake Ingredients50g unsalted butter 1⁄2 tsp lavender heads, finely crushed 115g digestive biscuits, crushed 4 tbsp caster sugar 250g good quality cream cheese 250ml thick-set natural yogurt 175ml double cream a couple of drops of cold lavender essenceFor the strawberries –125g caster sugar 6 kaffir lime leaves, torn zest and juice of 2 limes 225g strawberries, hulled and halvedMethod Melt the butter in a pan, add the lavender flowers and remove from the heat, stir in the crushed biscuits and half the sugar and mix together. While still warm, [...]

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Cooking with Lavender – Lavender Shortbread Biscuits

Lavender Shortbread Biscuits Ingredients100g unsalted butter, softened 50g caster sugar 100g plain flour 50g corn flour or rice flour grated rind of one lemon 10 drops Lavender Essence hot pinch of dried or fresh lavender flowers a little sugar to sprinkle before bakingMethod Beat the butter and sugar and lavender essence with an electric whisk until soft and creamy. Work in the flours, lemon rind and lavender flowers. Press the mixture into a round 20cm/8 inch loose-based cake tin and sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake at 160C/gas 3 [...]

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