Heart Cookies

Heart Cookies for Wedding

Lavender Heart Cookies, its bushy hedges wafting a delicate scent in winter sunshine, is among my favourite herbs. It is hardy, smells wonderful, cleanses the oxygen of viruses and repels insects. All these virtues and you could bake by it too! I was dealing with my recipe books yesterday, in search of something new to use in the biscuit baking line and saw a recipe for Lavender Heart Cookies. Every time I’d glanced over the book it had always intrigued me, but I’d never completed it before, because idea of using lavender in baking seemed just a little bizarre…interesting but probably getting upshot of ‘yuk Mum, exactly what are these bits?’

Anyway, within the spirit of culinary adventure, I thought I’d check it out. The ingredients were minimal – butter, sugar, flour and flowers! Lavender florets. So off I attended pick the lavender. Not much was required, just two tablespoons of fresh florets (the small purple flower bits away from the main stalk), so I a nice therapeutic moment choosing the proper stalks from my lavender hedge, that’s still producing new flowers despite it being the center of winter here. Then came the mixing the many ingredients together in a crumbly dough, that is more crumb than dough, but eventually did all come together. After its rest inside the fridge, I tentatively rolled out the dough, still crumbling madly, but it really was eventually persuaded to remain together by an insistent rolling pin. I churlishly refused my youngest daughter’s offers of assistance in cutting out the hearts…mean of me, I know, but it was my journey of exploration not hers, now!

They left the oven, fragrant and golden. The moment of reckoning drew near. Children, scenting new baking, gathered around. The girls uncritically tucked in, my son, the conservative connoisseur, turned away, but changed his mind with the appreciative noises around him. A cautious nibble and that he was convinced – I was not looking to poison them…!

Here’s the recipe in the event that you’d like a culinary adventure too!

Lavender Heart Cookies

115g/4oz butter
90ml/6 tablespoons caster sugar
175g/6oz plain flour
2 tablespoons fresh lavender florets

Cream together the butter and 60ml/4 tablespoons of the sugar till light and fluffy. Stir inside flour and lavender and arrange it in, kneading with the hands till it comes down together to a soft ball of dough. Cover with cling film and chill inside fridge for fifteen minutes. Roll out over a lightly floured surface. Stamp out the cookies having a heart shaped cutter (alternatively a fluted-edged round cutter). Makes about 18 which has a 5cm/2inch cutter. Put carefully onto a lightly greased baking tray and sprinkle the remainder of the sugar on the top of each shape. Bake at 200C/400F for approximately 10 minutes till golden. Leave the cookies within the tray for 5 minutes, before sporting to a cooling rack.

So my experiment was deemed successful. The adults, later your evening, also liked them. ”Elizabethan” suggested my sister-in-law, and “packaged in a very pretty box they’d create a great gift”. I have to admit here that, because of the choice of a chocolate biscuit or perhaps a lavender one, your children would unanimously elect chocolate, nevertheless the fact that they considered them edible in any respect, whenever they knew that they flowers in, is quite high praise due to this recipe. I was the individual that surreptitiously finished them over next morning with my tea. That fragrant flavour within the palate, clean yet sweet, was irresistible!

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