Lavender is one of my favorite things. I have lavender sachets in my dresser, dried lavender stems hanging in the breakfast room, bars of Provence Lavender soap in the guest bath and lavender infused olive oil in the pantry. I wanted to make a little something for friends and family this Christmas to share my love of lavender. I have been searching for a high quality organic culinary lavender and was very happy to finally find Hood River Lavender in Oregon.
Lavender in the kitchen has so many wonderful applications. Lavender scones, lavender lemon shortbread cookies, lavender creme brulee, I even have a recipe I have been wanting to try... lavender celery bisque.
This holiday season I thought I would begin with a simple lavender sugar for gift giving.
I purchased two varieties of certified organic culinary lavender, a signature blend and the classic Provence.
I used the Provence variety, adding half whole buds and half ground buds to fine bakers sugar.
The ratio is two cups of sugar plus 2 tablespoons lavender, one Tbsp whole bud and Tbsp ground.
The final product is a fresh, aromatic sugar perfect for hot or iced tea, a topper for oatmeal or even
a wonderful twist on sugar for an old-school champagne cocktail.
Consider adding lavender to some of your favorite recipes, you may be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Enjoy!