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.
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
- 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.
- Strain into a cup and leave for another 10 mins.
- Preheat the oven to 220°C.
- Grease and flour a large baking sheet.
- Sift the flour and all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
- Add the butter and rub until mixture resembles breadcrumbs
- Stir in the sugar and lavender florets, reserving some lavender to sprinkle on the top of the scones before baking them.
- Add enough of your prepared milk to make a soft dough and turn onto a well-floured surface.
- Roll into a round piece of dough about 5cm thick. Using a round pastry cutter stamp out 12 scones.
- Place these on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle the reserved chopped lavender.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven for 10-12 mins until turning golden.
- Serve warm with butter and strawberry jam and perhaps some fresh whipped cream, or crème fraiche.