An Unlikely Treat

Lavendar scones
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Lavender has been extensively used in beauty or make-up related products due to its unique fragrance, relaxing scent and calming characteristic. It’s easy maintenance and soothing properties makes it the perfect plant to have during the summer, but I bet you didn’t know you could also use lavender to make amazing treats to surprise your guests with during your casual garden tea.

Lavender Scones

What you’ll need:

  • 225g plain flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 level tsp cream of tartar
  • 50g butter
  • 50g sugar
  • 2 tsp lavender florets
  • 6-8 sprigs of lavender leaves
  • 150ml milk plus extra for glazing

Method:

  1. Half an hour before making the scones, put the milk into a little saucepan with 6-8 sprigs of lavender. Bring to the boil, but remove from the heat just before it starts boiling;cover with foil and leave for 20 mins.
  2. Strain into a cup and leave for another 10 mins.
  3. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  4. Grease and flour a large baking sheet.
  5. Sift the flour and all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  6. Add the butter and rub until mixture resembles breadcrumbs
  7. Stir in the sugar and lavender florets, reserving some lavender to sprinkle on the top of the scones before baking them.
  8. Add enough of your prepared milk to make a soft dough and turn onto a well-floured surface.
  9. Roll into a round piece of dough about 5cm thick. Using a round pastry cutter stamp out 12 scones.
  10. Place these on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle the reserved chopped lavender.
  11. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 10-12 mins until turning golden.
  12. Serve warm with butter and strawberry jam and perhaps some fresh whipped cream, or crème fraiche.