Sunday, April 29, 2018

Lavender Scones


Our local U-pick farm, Old Airport Gardens, in Lillooet has some of the best produce ever. 
True story. 
Something else they grow that is amazing? 
Lavender. 
Until I saw it at the farm I had never considered cooking with lavender. Once I saw the rows and rows of beautiful purple flowers however, I knew I had to give it a try. I previously made Lavender Lemon Shortbread Cookies (link HERE), which I adored, so I decided to give some scones a go.
Scones, as we all know, are one of the most perfect foods on the planet. Add in some vanilla bean and lavender and *voila* they move to the top of the list. 


Lavender Scones

Ingredients
Scones
3/4 cup cream
2 Tbsp honey
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 Tbsp lavender
1 vanilla bean, scraped and pod discarded
6 Tbsp butter, cold

Glaze
1/2  to 1 cup icing sugar
2 tsp to 1 Tbsp milk

Decoration
lavender

Directions
Preheat oven to 400. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper, set aside. 
In a small bowl, whisk together cream, honey, and egg. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, lavender, and vanilla bean seed.  Using 2 knives or a pastry blender, cut in the cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just mixed. 


Lightly flour a work surface and place the dough on it. Roll out to about 1 inch thickness. Cut out scones using a biscuit cutter (or sharp edges cookie cutter). Place on prepared cookie sheet.


Bake at 400 for about 15 - 20 minutes, until tops are golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.


Prepare glaze - whisk together icing sugar and milk until it is the consistency of white glue. While scones are still warm, brush the glaze on top using a pastry/basting brush and then sprinkle with a little more lavender. 


FYI - I doubled the recipe to get all the scones pictured above. 
Serve warm or room temp. These also freeze very well.


Light and airy and a perfect snack. 
The lavender lends just enough of a flavor to balance the vanilla bean. 
Like I said - one of the most perfect foods on the planet. 

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