Lavender sable biscuits

Lavender sable biscuits

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Real Food by Mike
Makes
700 g
Photographer
Alan Benson

Lavender sugar is a great weapon to have in your larder. The longer the lavender sits in the sugar, the stronger the infusion becomes. Always choose organic lavender that has no additives, such as perfumes or pesticides. When making shortbread, always handle the dough gently and never overwork it as this will make the biscuits tough. Try serving these with the Mandarin and rosemary syllabub.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
125g lavendar sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
235g plain flour
40g cornflour
1/2 teaspoon salt
230g cold butter
organic, unsprayed, dried lavender, to sprinkle

Lavendar sugar

Quantity Ingredient
250g caster sugar, plus 50 g to decorate
10g organic, unsprayed, dried lavender

Method

  1. For the lavender sugar, combine the sugar and lavender in a jar, seal and allow to sit for 1 week in a cool dry place to infuse the sugar with a lavender flavour. You’ll need half for the recipe, so store the other half in your larder.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. For the biscuits, sift the dry ingredients, except the dried lavender, together into a large bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips. Bring the mixture together to form a dough by squashing it between your hands to form a ball.
  4. On a floured work surface, or between two sheets of baking paper, roll the dough out to a 1 cm thickness. Rest the rolled dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour, covered with plastic wrap.
  5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut it into 5 cm squares using a knife, or into circles using a 5 cm pastry cutter. Place the dough on the baking tray and top with a piece of dried lavender and a sprinkling of lavender sugar. Bake for 12–15 minutes until golden brown. Sprinkle with extra lavender sugar as the biscuits come out of the oven.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Lavender contains an essential oil that is rich in substances called linalool and limonene. Commonly used in cosmetics and scented products, they have antiinflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-stress properties. They also promote weight loss. The smell of lavender is soothing and can help alleviate some headaches.
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