Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Lavender Blossom muffins!!!!

recipe slightly modified from here

1 cup sugar (I used slightly less than a cup)
110 g butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cup flour
6 lavender stalks + 1 more for decorating

1/2 cup icing sugar with 2 tbs lemon juice, whisked till smooth and creamy.
(I think i used more than a cup of icing sugar with 1/3 cup lemon juice..but try the above first n make more if needed..)

Soak and wash lavender blossoms.
Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Grease muffin pan or use cupcake papers.
Cream butter with sugar til pale and creamy. Add eggs, lavender and milk. Beat well.
Combine salt, baking powder and flour and sift. Fold into butter mixture.
Fill muffin cups 1/2 full. Bake 1 2-18 minutes depending on size. They are done when toothpick stuck in middle comes out clean. (Actually for muffins, i don't test...i just take them out at the stated time or when they are light golden brown)
Apply glaze while muffins are still hot.
Decorate with lavender blossoms. Let sit for several hours to allow flavours to develop before serving.

The strange thing about these that everyone commented on how good the glaze is!!! It's the first time i've actually ever glazed muffins...
wahahahhahahahaha....not sure whether it's cos these muffins weren't nice or something...but Weiqin n I liked them..she loves them cos of the buttery taste..n i like them cos...they are made of flowers!!! :) I think they put me in a very good mood.....ha....seriously...the lavender leaves quite a pleasant sensation in your mouth and throat...very soothing....
it is essential to let the muffins sit around for a while...eaten fresh out of the oven, the lavender is barely detectable...left overnight, you can really smell and taste the lavender...and nope, it doesn't taste like soap..or drawer liners...i was quite skeptical at first too about using lavender....and the main reasons why i used them:
-bought a new glass cake dome and wanted to show it off!
-had a dinner that i was going to and wanted to bring something light.
-lavender is FREE...around here anyways! I picked mine from unihall..:P shhhhhh....
Other ideas for using lavender: sugar syrups, icecream, panna cotta, cookies, scones...or even just leaving them in your sugar container. :)


East Meets West Kitchen said...

So pretty!

culinaryprincess said...

Finally, i found another food blog from adelaide :)

ioyces said...

east meets west kitchen: thank you!!

culinary princess: glad to make your aquaintance too!! :D