Happy Valentine’s Day from the Jersey Lavender Farm!
So how are you going to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day? A hugely expensive bunch of second rate roses? An inflated price meal in a jam packed restaurant? Or how about a lovely home cooked meal finished off with a gorgeous lavender dessert?
Simply reach for that handy little bag of our gorgeous dried culinary lavender and have a look at some of our favourite lavender dessert ideas below, the perfect way to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Lavender Crème Brulee
Try this delicious twist on a classic crème brulee. Simply use your favourite crème brulee recipe, but add a pinch of our lovely dried culinary lavender per person your recipe serves to the milk and cream mixture whilst you are heating it. Then, depending on your own taste, either strain out the lavender or for a more pronounced flavour leave the buds in before adding it to your egg and sugar mixture. Once your recipe is cooked and you have suitably bruleed, you can then decorate your brulees with a few fresh lavender flowers (if you can get hold of them) or a further sprinkling of dried lavender.
Cherry and Lavender Sorbet
This is an amazingly easy sorbet to make if you have an ice-cream machine at home. Simply blitz up either fresh or tinned cherries (try and get sour cherries if possible) with sugar, dried culinary lavender and a swig of cherry liqueur. The key to this is taste, first of all check if the mixture is sweet enough and if there is enough lavender coming through (remember that tastes are deadened when frozen so get it a touch over the top). Then add small quantities of lime juice and fine sea salt until the mixture is the perfect balance of sweet, sharp and floral (you shouldn’t be able to taste salt, it should just be enhancing the other flavours). Then simply strain the mixture and churn it in an ice cream machine until it’s at your preferred consistency.
The perfect topping to a lemon drizzle cake or vanilla cupcakes. To get a great lavender flavour into your icing, the first step is to infuse a little milk with a good spoonful of dried culinary lavender. Simply heat the milk and lavender together and then leave to infuse for at least 10 minutes, then strain out the lavender and discard. Then add this wonderfully floral milk to sifted icing sugar little by little until you have your desired consistency. A lovely touch is to then add a little purple food colouring (the gel ones are especially good) to the icing to give a beautiful lavender colour. Then once your cake is iced, sprinkle with a little more dried lavender.