08 August 2008

Lavender Sable




Given its enchanting aroma, I guess nobody possibly hates Lavender.

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I've told most about my love for Lavender earlier here...


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It's of no surprise to me that many would keep dried Lavender at home for baking. Lavender seems to bloom from within the oven with its evident scent... always so mysteriously therapeutic...


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From time to time, when I feel a need for some good Lavender basking, I'll search for recipes that use this lovely flower. And this is it, the Lavender Sables and I've probably ended my quest for a quick and easy Lavender recipe. ;)


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The Bear has been suffering a cold for days and finally agreed to rest yesterday! To cheer up the sickly Bear, I took the chance to bake with Lavender with hope that he'll enjoy the aromatherapy baking. The thoughtful move is repaid with an unappreciative grunt, ' I'm having a blocked nose. I don't smell a thing... '

Was I to laugh or sigh with resigned dismay... Hmm... I laughed anyway! LOL!!!! =DDD

But wait. For one would be awed how the fragrance would find its way into a nose blocked. As the baking prolonged, Bear turned to look at me and as if mesmerized; he said, ' I think I smell it now... '

And the scent is but a prelude to what pleasures the sables bring! Buttery melting moments, a texture so light that lets the scent of Lavender dance freely. My efforts were not in vain, the Bear was totally comforted. =)

Check out my findings from this wonderful blogger, or the recipe below that is less sweet and yields around 14 sables.

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Recipe for Lavender Sable

Makes around 14 sables

All purpose flour : 113g

Cornstarch/cornflour : 13g

Dried Lavender : 1 teaspoon

Butter : 100g

Sugar : 30g

Egg yolk : 1

Zest of half a lemon

Salt : 1 very light pinch



1. Beat butter at medium speed until smooth. Add in sugar and beat until it's well-blended.


2. Beat in egg yolk, salt, Lavender and lemon zest.


3. At low speed, add in flour and cornstarch until just incorporated.


4. Turn dough out onto a counter, gather dough into a ball, wrap up using a plastic wrap. Chill dough for 30 minutes in refrigerator. Form dough into a log that is about 1 to 1 1/4 inches in diameter.


5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F.


6. Once the oven is ready, slice the log into 1/4-inch thick and place on a lined baking sheet with 1/2 inch interval. Bake for 12- 14 minutes, or until the sables are set but not brown. Tranfer and cool the sables on the rack.



I'll surely enjoy its tenderness again. Next time, with my favourite tea. I hope it delights you too. =)

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6 comments:

sharilyn said...

Happy Friday, Stardust! What beautiful pictures today! Love the one of the lavender in the field! Unfortunately, and you'll probably be amazed to know, but I am that one rare person who cannot endure the smell of lavender! Truly! It makes me instantly nauseated to smell it. But, ironically, lavender is one of my favorite colors! :) The sables look beautiful, and I'm even tempted to try them... but perhaps it is best if I just enjoy the view of them on your blog instead!

Piggy said...

oohh, looks yummy and I love the aroma of lavender too! I have a bottle of dried lavender that I brought over from SG. I might give this recipe a try soon!

Ladybird said...

I didn't know lavender can be used for cooking...given the lovely smell of lavender..I think those sables must have smelled great! :)

Jade said...

Lavenders is my all time favourite flower! I like the colours, the smell and I use them to make pot of lavender tea too. Must give this sables a try too. >.<

bp said...

With your love and devotion, I'm sure Bear is all better already! Lovely lavender, and every morsel must be just as delightful!

Stardust said...

Sharilyn, oh you got me surprized! But I'm glad that you love its color.

Piggy, I know you'd bring anything, everything. ;)

Ladybird, nod nod... I'm exploring other possibilites with Lavender.

Jade, Lavender is my big fav too!

BP, I wish I could send some to you! Hugs...