Dried Lavender Flowers
It's the middle of December, and it feels like summer. Kind of.
Not only because there still isn't any snow on the ground, but baking with dried lavender makes me think of sitting in the backyard watching the butterflies and bumble bees buzz through the gardens in the scorching heat of July.
For day #12, I've chosen to make a treat inspired by a client's shared tale of a trip to France: Lavender Meringue Cookies. With a crispy outer shell and fragrant aroma of lavender, these light & airy cookies melt in your mouth and provide a wonderful contrast in texture to your holiday dessert table.
Baked Lavender Meringue Cookies
The lavender used in these cookies was grown in my mother's front garden. For as long as I can remember, this plant has always been growing beside the bird bath. The cut lavender stems are used fresh in little floral bouquets to brighten the kitchen, and as a garnish in glasses of lavender mint ice-tea. Once dried, the floral herb is used in baking (shortbread, meringues), in tea blends, and in preserves (strawberries and lavender smell remarkably similar- try our jam and taste for yourself!). Lavender also has many non-culinary uses: Little sachets placed in dresser drawers are a natural air-freshener. Try Infusing lavender in hot water and use as a spritzer to steam iron linens. To experience its calming and relaxing properties, add lavender flowers to your bath water to unwind after a long day, then pour yourself a cup of tea and have a cookie.
Lavender and lavender farms can be found in several locations across Elgin County.
Eating. Drinking. Sharing.