With Spring very much on the horizon and new floral blooms emerging all around us, we hope this week’s update will provide some culinary inspiration for all the budding chefs out there.
In this simple but delicious recipe, fresh out of our farm kitchen, we’re using our own lavender (no surprises there…) to create a dessert with a difference. Lavender is often used in cooking for its strong scent and herbal flavour and according to Francis Bissell, author of Cooking with Flowers, it can be married with sugar, cream, chocolate or butter to open up ‘a whole new world of unusual desserts’. If you visited us last year and still have any of our lavender drying at home, why not indulge your sweet tooth and give this a whirl?
Lavender Infused Baked Peaches
- 4 ripe peaches
- 2 tbsp of clear honey
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 4 strips of unwaxed lemon peel
- 1 vanilla pod (cut in half)
- 1 sprig of thyme
- Edible dried lavender flowers
- Rapeseed oil
- Vanilla ice cream to serve
Preheat the oven to 180ºC or gas mark 4.
Wash and dry the peaches. Cut them in half if you are using ripe fruits or into quarters if not.
Remove the stones.
Add the lemon juice and the lemon peel.
Drizzle over the honey.
Add a couple of tablespoons of cold water.
Sprinkle the thyme and the dried lavender flowers over the peaches (due to its strong flavour, a few pinches of lavender is all you need).
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the peaches have softened but not yet lost their shape. The cooking time can vary depending on the size and ripeness of the fruit.
Serve hot with vanilla ice cream or cream.
If using lavender or any other beautiful springtime blooms in your cooking sounds appealing, then we would highly recommend Cooking with Flowers by Francis Bissell. This collection has a huge range of recipes and helpful advice to keep floral chefs ticking over for months.
We would love to hear how you get on making this and all about your own lavender recipes. If you’d be happy to share your own floral fancies with us, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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