The lavender in my garden is just coming into flower, I’ve been watching it like a hawk, waiting to pounce so that I could make a batch of these beautiful lavender biscuits to mark Midsummer!
Lavender is thought to have come to our shores with the Romans who used it to scent the water for their extensive bathing rituals. It has long been used both as a perfume and for its natural medicinal properties, but it is also a flower with a long association with romantic love. In Elizabethan times it found its way into the wedding bouquet to bring luck in marriage and Tudor maidens would hopefully sip a brew of lavender tea on St Luke’s Day (October 18th) chanting, “St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me. In my dreams, let me my true love see.”
So what could be better than adding it to a heart shaped buttery biscuit and serving them up with a nice cup of tea?
The smell of these cooking is amazing – the scent of the garden on a warm summer’s evening wafting gently through the house and drawing people irresistibly to the kitchen, perfect!
- 115g/½ cup butter
- 50g/¼ cup caster sugar
- 175g/1½ cups plain (all purpose) flour
- 1 tbsp dried lavender if you are making these in winter or 2 tbsps of fresh lavender flowers, finely chopped, if you are making them in summer
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsps milk
- A 5cm heart shaped cookie cutter
- A lightly greased baking tray
- Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract, lavender, flour, milk and bring the mixture together into a ball. Wrap in cling film and pop it into the fridge for 15 minutes to rest.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board and cut out your biscuits. Place on your baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until golden and that delicious smell is wafting around you.
- Leave to cool for 5 minutes on the tray then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely (if you can wait that long, they are yummy still warm!)
- Serve, sprinkled with sugar, a hot cup of tea and lots of love.
If you want to give these as a gift tied up with a sprig of lavender and a lovely piece of ribbon, they keep really well in an airtight container for a week. I love that the hearts on my saucer complement my biscuits so well – a total (and happy) coincidence!
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