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I saw this recipe on the internet and thought it looked interesting.I love shortbread but wondered if anyone here has ever baked with lavender and if you have where can you find lavender? LAVENDER SH
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LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/28/2013 2:31 PM EST
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I saw this recipe on the internet and thought it looked interesting.I love shortbread but wondered if anyone here has ever baked with lavender and if you have where can you find lavender?


LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1-3 tsp. food grade lavender pinch salt


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. Add the flour, lavender and salt and beat on low or stir until you have a soft dough. Press the dough into an ungreased 8 or 9-inch round pan and poke a few times with a fork. If you like, press down around the edges with the tines of a fork. Bake for 15 minutes, or until pale golden. Cool for 10 minutes, then slice while still warm. Makes 16 wedges.

Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/28/2013 4:12 PM EST
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I have a recipe for this in a book by Gale Gand.  The title of the cookbook is Short + Sweet quick desserts  with eight ingredients or less.
I have not ever been fond of lavender but I have changed my mind recently due to a hand cream I have been using at night to help me sleep.  Supposedly the scent helps you relax and I guess it is working.

This is from the notes before the recipe in my book....
...."I enjoyed experimenting with subtle changes to the buttery flavor, and this is one of my favorites.  The piney lavender gets smoothed out by the rich butter and sugar.  You can easily buy fresh or dried lavender at spice markets and natural food stores; just make sure whatever you use is intended to cooking.
My quick trick for shortbread is that you can skip rolling out the dough and just press it into a non-stick pan with your fingers.  It won't look quite as perfect, but it will still taste great."

I also read a bit from Gale Gand in another book where she stated that when she is making large quantities of shortbread she found it easier to freeze the dough then grate it with a box grater into the pan and press it down.  This she says reduces the handling of the dough making it much more tender.

Notes at the bottom of the recipe in my book state that the pressed out dough can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days and to bring to room temperature before baking.
Finished cookies will keep for up to a week.


Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/28/2013 9:32 PM EST
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 I think that I will have to try this! I like different recipes.

Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/28/2013 10:29 PM EST
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My Williams-Sonoma store sells lavender for cooking. Or on their Web site: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/french-lavender/?pkey=e|lavender|19|best|0|1|24||9&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Feature_Recipe_Rule-_-

This shortbread recipe sounds wonderful!

Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/29/2013 3:25 AM EST
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I also found one on the food network that has Rosemary and mini chocolate chips.That sounds really different.I have all the ingredients here for that one.I might just give this one a try tomorrow.

Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/29/2013 7:53 AM EST
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 it was very execellent tasting.

Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/29/2013 8:36 AM EST
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In Response to Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD:
I also found one on the food network that has Rosemary and mini chocolate chips.That sounds really different.I have all the ingredients here for that one.I might just give this one a try tomorrow.
Posted by gale g

I would try the rosemary and chocolate chip.  I have found I love fresh rosemary and have been growing it at home.  (slight mishap..I may have lost my 2 plants, while running back and forth to the hospital I neglected to water them so I may not have any fresh until I can buy more plants)
I do plan on planting lavender in the spring so I should have a fresh supply to use.  I am finding that I like fresh much better than dried.

Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/29/2013 9:48 AM EST
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I love Rosemary especially on roast chicken.Which is what is for dinner tonight.

Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/29/2013 12:25 PM EST
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I have never heard of Lavender for cooking, I will try it anyway.
I like to try new recipes.

Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/29/2013 4:11 PM EST
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Rosemary is a very hardy herb out in the San Diego area. I started with
just 1 plant and now it is over 6 feet wide and about 2 to 3 feet tall. I rarely
have to water it.

Re: LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

posted at 1/29/2013 4:23 PM EST
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