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Spring is Here! Refresh Your Cooking with Vibrant Spring Flowers

Spring is Here! Refresh Your Cooking with Vibrant Spring Flowers

Spring is here, and there’s no better time to infuse your cooking with the vibrant hues and delicate flavours of spring flowers. From the subtle sweetness of violets to the citrusy notes of nasturtiums, edible flowers offer a delightful way to elevate your culinary creations and celebrate the beauty of the season.

Exploring Edible Flowers:

Spring brings a plethora of edible flowers that can add a touch of whimsy and elegance to your dishes. Consider incorporating the following blooms into your springtime cooking:

  1. Lavender: Known for its floral aroma and calming properties, lavender adds a subtle floral note to baked goods, desserts, and savoury dishes alike.
  2. Dandelion: Embrace the humble dandelion with its vibrant yellow petals and slightly bitter flavour. Use dandelion petals to garnish salads, soups, or stir-fries for a pop of colour and flavour.
  3. Rose: With its romantic fragrance and delicate petals, the rose is a classic choice for culinary applications. Infuse rose petals into syrups, jams, or teas for a touch of floral sweetness.

Cooking Tips for Success:

  • Choose organic, pesticide-free flowers for culinary use, and wash them thoroughly before incorporating them into your dishes.
  • Use edible flowers sparingly to avoid overpowering the flavours of your dishes.
  • Experiment with different combinations of flowers and flavours to discover unique and delicious culinary creations.

Cookies to inspire your springtime cooking:

Lavender Lemon Shortbread Cookies: Infuse classic shortbread cookies with dried lavender flowers for a delightful twist on a traditional treat. The floral aroma pairs perfectly with the bright citrus flavor of lemon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons culinary lavender buds
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Belle Donne Spices salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add the flour, culinary lavender buds, lemon zest, and salt to the creamed mixture, mixing until a dough forms.
  4. Roll the dough into a log shape, about 2 inches in diameter, and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Once chilled, slice the dough into 1/4-inch rounds and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Serve and enjoy these delicate and fragrant Lavender Lemon Shortbread Cookies with a cup of tea or coffee.

Whether you’re baking, cooking, or simply garnishing your dishes, may each petal be a reminder of the vibrant colours and delicate flavours that define this magical season.

What you will need

Seasoned Salt – Cannister

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