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Lavender Shortcake Recipe

How to make Lavender Shortcakes


    Lavender Shortcake is a wonderful summertime treat when paired with fresh strawberries or other fruit in season. Lavender Shortcake is a sweetened biscuit or scone dough variation and is easy to make. Fresh or dried Lavender flowers may be used in this Lavender Shortcake recipe. Harvest Lavender flowers just prior to use choosing ones of good color or use dried culinary Lavender.



Here is the Lavender Shortcake Recipe:


Lavender Shortcake


    Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Lavender flower or 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried Lavender buds (For Garnish)

  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter cut up into cubes
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Lavender flower extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half

Filling/Topping:

  • 1-2 pounds of fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, sliced and mixed with sugar to desired sweetness
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream freshly whipped just prior to assembly. You may add 1/2 teaspoon of either pure Vanilla or Lavender flower extract and a teaspoon of powder sugar(if desired)

  • Lavender Shortcake

    1. Preheat oven to 400F.

    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or very lightly grease it.

    3. Combine sugar, baking powder, flour, and salt in mixing bowl and stir to combine.

    4. Add cut up butter to bowl and use a pastry blender or two knives to cut it into the flour mixture. Continue cutting until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. This makes the shortcakes light and flaky.

    5. Combine the egg, cream, Lavender extract together then quickly mix into the dry ingredients taking care not to over mix which will toughen the dough. You want light fluffy shortcakes!

    6. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, a cold marble slab works great, and press into a 8 inch round with a even thickness of 1 inch.

    7. Cut out shortcakes using a biscuit cutter and place on baking sheet.

    8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden on top then cool on wire rack.


        Shortcakes are enjoyed filled with fruit such as fresh strawberries that have been cut up and mixed with a tablespoon or so of granulated sugar (adjust to desired sweetness) and a healthy dollop of sweetened whipped cream. Halve your Lavender Shortcakes fill with cream and fruit then garnish with a light sprinkling of Lavender flowers. Lavender Shortcake is a simple dessert treat but elegant too!


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