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Lavender Flowers

Lavender is simply divine and one of my favourite flowers, it was included in the bouquets and button holes for my wedding, this summer I am going to make some Lavender Shortbread with Lavender picked from the garden. I have been looking for an easy recipe and found this one from Mary Berry, whom I admire for her simple yet delicious recipes, and thought that I would share it with you so that you can make them too.

Mary Berry Lavender Shortbread Biscuits

Ingredients 
175g softened unsalted butter
2 tbsp fresh, unsprayed, finely chopped lavender flowers (pick them off the stems to measure)
100g caster sugar
225g plain flour
25g demerara sugar

Method

  1. Lightly grease three large baking trays.
  2. Put the softened butter and the lavender into a mixing bowl and beat together (this will obtain the maximum flavour from the lavender).
  3. Beat the caster sugar into the butter and lavender and then stir in the flour, bringing the mixture together with your hands and kneading lightly until smooth.
  4. Divide the mixture in half and roll out to form two sausage shapes 15cm (6in) long.
  5. Roll the biscuit “sausages” in the demerara sugar until evenly coated.
  6. Wrap in baking parchment or foil and chill until firm.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 160C/Fan 140C/325F/Fan 275F/Gas 3.
  8. Cut each “sausage” into about 10 slices and put them on the prepared baking trays, allowing a little room for them to spread.
  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the biscuits are pale golden brown at the edges.
  10. Lift them off the trays with a fish slice or palette knife and leave on a wire rack to cool completely.

These biscuits would make a lovely gift tied up in cellophane with ribbon and a sprig of lavender!

Let me know how you get on, happy baking

Gill

 

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