Why cook with lavender? Used in moderation, lavender's gently herbal flavor brings out the sweetness and freshness of rhubarb, strawberries, cream, honey, and other summertime dessert staples. If used too heavily, lavender can impart an unpleasant bitterness, so be careful. We made our Lavender Blueberry Custard pie several times to work out just the right amount of lavender for our taste.
Try adding just a half teaspoon of dried lavender to your next fruit crumble or steeping a little bit with your next batch of ice cream.
• Steeping: Most recipes with lavender call for steeping in cream. It doesn't take long to steep warm cream or milk with lavender; just a few minutes will give you a delicate herbal flavor.
• Baking with lavender: The same principles apply when you're adding lavender as an ingredient, as opposed to steeping it for flavor. Use a light hand. We add just a sprinkling of lavender buds to our rhubarb crumble, and it was plenty to give it a delicate flavor. We were amazed by how much it brought out the rhubarb's intensely fruity taste.
Are there any recipes you like to use lavender in? What are they?