Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Lavender is one of my favourite plants- it's really easy to grow and smells amazing. The best part though is you can use the dried flowers to flavour different foods with.
One of the easiest ways to flavour things with lavender is to make a simple syrup with the dried flowers which you can add to lots of things.
To make lavender syrup you need:
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of water
2 heaped teaspoons of dried lavender flowers
Heat the sugar, lavender & water together until all the sugar has dissolved. Bring the syrup to a boil and then remove from heat immediately. Once the syrup has cooled enough to be safe to handle, strain it through a sieve to remove the flowers and store it in whatever container you have chosen. I put my syrups into old glass bottles and use an oil dispenser stopper in place of a lid.
Now you can use the syrup to add a hint of lavender to anything you want- it's great in iced tea, lemonade or even champagne. You can drizzle it over ice-cream or fruit too.
You can also use this basic recipe to infuse other herbs as well- I have some lemon rosemary I want to try, and I make vanilla syrup all the time with vanilla extract for my homemade iced coffee- this stuff is life changing.