For Valentines Day, Ms. Wedges gave me a container of this interesting confection. It actually smells heavenly. I had not really heard of lavender sugar before, so I was intrigued to find creative and delicious uses for it.
Some internet research yielded such suggestions as lavender pancakes, lavender scones, and lavender shortbread. I have even heard it might be nice in coffee?! Have you ever used it? Do you have any suggestions?
Inspired by a cake Agnes and I had when we went to High Tea of Highgate, I decided to try my hand at cupcakes. They turned out to have an interesting taste – almost savoury, but in a good way. I recommend a vanilla buttercream frosting. I won’t post mine here, because it did not turn out well unfortunately. You could just do a glaze with icing sugar as well. It depends what you’re in the mood for! However, because of the sort of savoury nature of these cakes, I think a sweet frosting of some sort is in order.
Lavender and Vanilla Cupcakes (Makes 10)
120g self raising flour
100g caster sugar
20g lavender sugar (about a heaping dessertspoon full)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1) Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
2) Cream together the butter and sugars, using a wooden spoon or electric mixer/whisk.
3) Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Then mix in the sifted flour and baking powder until just combined.
4) Spoon into the paper cases in a cupcake pan and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until a knife or skewer comes out clean. Let them cool before frosting or glazing them!
If you have any delicious uses for lavender sugar, I would love to hear about it! Not only does lavender have a long history of representing the LGBT community, its a good addition to your culinary repertoire. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!
Lavendery love from Agatha Bakewell xxxx