Thursday, January 21, 2010

Lavender goodness...

We have this great farm here in Utah; Young Living Farms! They grow amazing lavender! A couple years ago we went to their annual Lavender Day's Festival. It was there that I tasted the most amazing lavender ice-cream and lavender lemonade. I wasn't surprised that it tasted so good. A few years prior to that, I had eaten some decadent lavender creme brulee at the Blue Fin Restaurant in New York City. But until now I had never tried my own lavender goodness.

I had a little help though. My little brother works for a local radio station and they did a promotion with McCormick, so he scored me a ton of free herbs and spices! Thanks Kit!

One of them was Lavender, so I decided it was time to try something out of the box. I was not disappointed. These little babies were super good! Especially loved by one 16 month old in this house.


1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon dried lavender flowers (Make sure they are cooking grade, found in some grocery stores or at baking shops.)
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup self-rising flour (make sure to use self-rising, found at most any grocery store)
2 tablespoons milk

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 count muffin pan, or 24 count mini-muffin pan with paper liners.
2. Put the sugar and lavender flowers in a food processor. Process briefly to combine.
3. Put the lavender sugar into a bowl with the butter and beat together until pale and fluffy.
4. Beat the eggs into the butter mixture, one at a time.
5. Sift in the flour and fold gently.
6. Stir in the milk, then spoon the mixture into the muffin cups.
7. Bake for about 18 minutes until risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
8. Frost with butter cream frosting.

*If you like the idea of lavender cupcakes, but have your own favorite white cake or vanilla cake recipe, simply make the lavender sugar and replace it in your favorite recipe.

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1 comment:

Hannah said...

I think I may have to try this! I'm not a fan of the smell of lavender, in terms of perfume/air freshener/etc, but I have enjoyed some lavender chocolates. Now, to find a source...

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