Lavender Recipes

Lavender Recipes2017-09-07T05:00:06+00:00

While most of us know about the beauty and fragrance of Lavender, somehow we have forgotten that it is indeed an herb. An herb that may not be common place in American spice cabinets, it has been in use as a culinary herb for centuries. Most of us know of herbs de Provence‘ or have seen it in finer stores and herb shops, but did you know that lavender is what sets it apart from other spice blends? One’s imagination is the only limit when cooking with this variable herb.

Lavender varies in taste just as it varies in appearance and aroma. The English Lavenders (L. angustifolia) are the prefered lavenders to use as culinary as they are milder, sweeter, and do not over-power the dish. Within these varieties there is still more variation when used as a culinary herb. Provence lavender, a hybrid known as a lavandin, is an exception to the rule. Because of its milder flavor, it is often used when English Lavender is not available, and some cooks even prefer it above Angustifolia.

Our personal favorite is our Signature Blend, made with a number of delicate English Lavenders. It has a sweet, yet floral note, and enhances dishes from soups, to meat, and even drinks and desserts.

All culinary lavender blends very well with citrus, mint, rosemary, sage, berries, fruit, meats, drinks, and one should use some caution to not use too much. Lavender should be a background flavor, not in the forefront, and when used in proportion enhances foods with a distinctive and mysterious flavor, while adding a lovely color to your dish.

Experiment with some of the recipes below, and see why lavender is finding its way back into the spice rack. It’s a welcome return! If you have a favorite Lavender Recipe not listed on this page, we would love to list it and give you credit! Email us:

Lavender Recipes

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Scones with Lavender

Mix together : 2 cups all-purpose flour “organic” 2 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp soda ½ tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp fresh grated ginger 1/8 tsp cloves 1 Tbsp culinary lavender “Signature Blend” ground Add: 7 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut up Mix together with pastry blender, until [...]

Lavender Lemonade

1 quart fresh squeezed or pre-made lemonade 1 tsp. to 1 Tbsp. culinary lavender 1 cup boiling water Pour boiling water over the lavender and allow to steep for 10 min. Strain out lavender and add to the lemonade. Serve well chilled.

Lavender Cranberry Orange Biscotti

Makes: 16 to 18 biscotti Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 50 minutes 6 Tbsp butter, softened 2/3 cup sugar 1 ½ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp Pure Orange Extract 2 tsp Orange Zest ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp Culinary Lavender (½ Provence – ½ Angustifolia “Melissa”) 2 [...]

Molasses Lavender Cutout Cookies

(Makes approximately 30 cookies) 1 ¼ cup flour, plus extra for dusting ½ cup whole wheat flour ½ tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1 ½ tsp ground fresh ginger 2 tsp ground culinary lavender “Signature Blend” 6 Tbsp butter, softened ½ cup molasses ¼ cup sugar 1 large egg [...]

Upside-Down Pear Lavender Gingerbread Cake

Lavender Pear Upside-down Gingerbread Cake Upside-down Pear Lavender Gingerbread Cake 1/4 cup organic brown sugar 2 Tablespoons organic sugar 1 Tablespoon butter 1 Tablespoon water Combine in an ovenproof, microwaveable casserole dish. Microwave on low until butter melts. Stir. 2-3 ripe Pears (peeled, cored, and sliced) Arrange on top of [...]

Lavender Grilled Salmon

(or Steelhead) 3 pounds of Salmon Filet 4 Tbsp Honey 6 Tbsp Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tbsp Lavender, crushed or run through coffee grinder 1/4 c White Wine 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbsp Lime or Lemon Juice Place all ingredients, except salmon, in saucepan over moderate heat, stirring with [...]

Lavender Lemon Honey Shortbread

8 oz unsalted butter, softened 1/2 tsp fine salt 1/3 cup honey 1/3 organic sugar 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 Tablespoons culinary lavender (I used 4 tsp English lavender & 2 tsp Provence lavender) 2 tsp lemon zest 2 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp vanilla extract Preheat oven to [...]

Pumpkin Praline Lavender Pie

1 unbaked 10" pie shell 1/3 cup soft butter 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup chopped Pecans 1 1/2 tsp culinary Lavender (ground in coffee grinder) Preheat oven to 425 degrees Perforate crust & bake 5 min.@ 425 Combine butter, sugar, lavender & pecans, and spread over bottom of crust [...]

Lavender Shortbread

A lovely rich shortbread with a hint of sweet lavender fragrance and flavor. Perfect to serve with afternoon tea 1½ cups (3 sticks) butter, room temp. 2/3 cup sugar 2 Tbsp HRL Culinary Lavender, 1 tbsp fresh or dried mint, chopped 2 1/3 cups flour ½ cup cornstarch ¼ tsp [...]

Raspberry/Lavender Vinaigrette

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons late-harvest sauvignon blanc (basalmic vinegar may be substituted) 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar 1 tablespoon minced fresh lavender 2 tablespoons lime juice Salt and pepper to taste To prepare the vinaigrette, combine all of the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, and [...]

Lavender Ginger Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Makes 2 Loaves Lavender and ginger combine together for a perfect romance, enlivening this recipe with a fabulous delicate spice flavor, perfect for tea time Ingredients 1 lb unsalted butter 1 lb dark brown sugar 1 lb eggs (9-10 large eggs) 1 lb. all purpose flour 2 tablespoons culinary lavender [...]

Pan-Seared Halibut Steaks

Serves 2 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons herbes de Provence spice blend (or Hood River Spice Blend) 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 wild Pacific halibut steaks, 1/2 pound each 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon [...]

Lavender Honey Custard Ice Cream

(Makes about 4 cups) ¾ cup milk 1/3 cup honey 1 Tbsp dried culinary lavender 1 ½ cups heavy cream ½ vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise 10 large egg yolks 2/3 cup sugar 1 Tbsp vanilla extract In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, honey, lavender, and ¾ cup [...]

Lavender Infusion

Measure 2 Tbsp Lavender buds for each cup boiling liquid (usually water or milk). Steep for 30 min. Strain liquid. Lavender Infusion can be used to flavor lavender lemonade, ice tea, cakes, cookies and sorbets. A Lavender milk or cream infusion can be used to make Lavender Crème Brûlée, Lavender [...]

Holiday Lavender Shortbread

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter (no substitutes), room temperature 2/3 cup sugar 2 tbsp culinary lavender “Signature Blend” 1 tsp pure anise extract ¼ tsp orange zest 2/3 cup macadamia nuts (finely chopped) 2 1/3 cups flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/4 tsp salt Cover baking sheets w/parchment paper. Cream [...]

Lavender Drop Cookies

makes: 36 cookies 12 sprigs fresh lavender 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla pinch of salt grated rind of 2 lemons 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder hazelnuts to decorate Preheat oven at 350°F. Lightly grease [...]

Lavender Ginger Apple Cider

From Hood River Prep Time: 20 min. Makes 16 cups 1 apple cider 6 TBS Organic Culinary Lavender "Signature Blend" 2 tsp. fresh grated ginger 1 med. culinary muslin bag or cheese cloth Bring apple cider to a simmer, and then turn heat to low. Add muslin bag [...]

Simply Lavender Tea

Steep 1 tsp. lavender for 1 cup of water for 3-5 min. A good recipe for insomnia, or when relaxation is the goal.

Sweet Potato Pie with Lavender Crumb Topping

Joe's Favorite! 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2" cubes 4 TBS unsalted butter, melted 2 TBS fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp kosher salt 3 large eggs, separated 1/2 cup sugar 2 TBS all-purpose flour 3/4 cup buttermilk Preheat [...]

Lavender Vanilla Sugar

(Makes 2 cups) 2 cups granulated sugar 2 vanilla beans, cut in half lengthwise and then into small pieces 1 Tbsp dried culinary Lavender buds In a spice grinder, pulse 2 Tbsp of the sugar with the vanilla beans until very finely minced. Transfer to a bowl. In the spice [...]

Ginger Cake With Blackberries and Lavender Whipped Cream*

Lavender Whipped Cream 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender 2 tablespoons granulated sugar Fruit 1 cup fresh blackberries, at room temperature 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar Batter 6 tablespoons whole milk 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder [...]

Lavender Butter

With its complement of honey and lavender, this butter makes a great partner to muffins, scones, and even sweet cornbread. You can form the butter into a log, as I suggest below, and slice off coins as needed. Or you can use a cookie press to extrude pretty shapes onto [...]

Charbay Lavender Mojito

1 oz. fresh lime 1 oz. fresh simple syrup 2-3 lavender sprigs and 5 mint leaves 2.5 oz. Charbay Rum or Charbay Tahitian Vanilla Bean Rum 2.5 oz. Club soda In a mixing glass, muddle mint & lavender, lime and sugar with vigor; add ice, rum, club soda and stir [...]

Lavender-Vanilla Honey Shake

We received this kind note from one of our customers, along with her favorite recipes. “Hello, I just wanted to let you know that your culinary lavender is lovely!! I use it to make a shake called, Lavender-Vanilla Honey Shake. It’s really good stuff!! So you know I’ll be reordering [...]

Lavender, Rosemary, Garlic and Olive Focaccia

Prep time: 20 min. Cooking time: 12-15 min. Servings: 6 1 pound fast pizza dough or 1 pound frozen bread or pizza dough, thawed 2 Tbsp olive oil (extra-virgin) ¼ cup pitted & chopped imported black olives 2 tsp chopped lavender buds 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary 2 cloves minced [...]

Lavender Pear/Apple Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour (pastry flour is best) ¼ cup sugar ( I use baker’s sugar) 1 TBL baking powder ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp salt 1 TBS Lavender (English lavender or Provence) 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces (5 ½ TBL) 1 cup whipping cream ( I use [...]

Provence Herbal Focaccia Bread

My favorite recipe for Provence Herb Focaccia Bread. A wonderful, quick flat bread with herbs, and lots of yummy flavor! For the dough: 2 teaspoon instant yeast 1 1/2 cup white unbleached flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 cup oatmeal or ground flax seed 1 teaspoon sea salt 3 [...]

Credit for this recipe goes to: Sharon Shipley’s “The Lavender Cookbook”
Published by Running Press Book Publishers
(awesome cookbook, I highly recommend it!)

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