In the spirit of the season, it only seems fitting to make things with a floral touch. The flower of choice? Lavender. The plant rides on rich flavors and textures while giving them an extra lift, which is why it pairs so well with honey. Using lavender in the kitchen might seem strange, as some people are accustomed to lavender being an ingredient in bath salts or soaps, but lavender happens to be a versatile culinary herb that works well with both sweet and savory recipes … especially when those recipes also include honey. Try your hand at cooking with lavender and honey with any of these creations:
1. Honey Lavender Lemonade
After one sip of this tasty drink, you’ll be adding the recipe to your favorites list. When you want to relax after a long day, this lemonade will refresh you, calm you and even surprise you by how it perfectly combines sweet, tart and floral flavors.
2. Lavender Cupcakes With Honey Frosting
You’ve never had cupcakes like these before! Jessie Next Door uses ingredients that give these cupcakes a vibrant and delicious flavor, and the dried lavender (along with the help of a little food coloring) gives them an eye-catching and unique personality.
3. Honey Lavender Shortbread Cookies
These rich, buttery, flavorful and sophisticated cookies from The Baker Upstairs can be made using only a few ingredients. The subtle floral flavor of dried lavender and the sweetness of honey lend the perfect accents to the traditional shortbread cookie.
4. Lavender Honey Posset
Posset … it’s a word many aren’t familiar with, but after you try this recipe, you won’t be forgetting it. Similar to a custard, this dessert from The Adventure Bite has flavors that are delicate, creamy and intricate. And since it’s made with simple ingredients and can look fancy with minimal effort, this will be your go-to dessert whenever you entertain guests.
5. Honey Lavender Popsicles
Honey. Greek yogurt. Milk. Dried lavender. Four simple ingredients combine to make the perfect treat for spring and summer. These popsicles from Broma Bakery are a great example of a delicious dessert that will fight off hunger while satisfying your sweet tooth. And what’s more, they’re only 67 calories each!
6. Lavender Honey Iced Latte
Flavored simple syrups are becoming a popular way to add variety to drinks like lemonade, iced tea, cocktails and, of course, coffee. This easy and delicious iced latte from Offbeat + Inspired uses a lavender and honey simple syrup that will get your morning started on the right foot.
7. Lavender Honey Ice Cream
The joy of eating homemade ice cream can’t be beat, especially when it tastes as good as this lavender and honey ice cream from Country Cleaver. The recipe combines fresh and floral flavors that you definitely won’t find in any store-bought tub of ice cream.
8. Blueberry Lavender Honey Jam
It doesn’t get much better than good ol’ honey spread on toast … unless it’s homemade jam made with honey. The initial taste of lavender followed by the fresh blueberry and sweet honey flavors make this jam from Annie’s Eats a breakfast game changer.
9. Rosemary Lavender Cake
If you’re a cake lover and haven’t tried a “naked cake” yet, here is your chance! This cake from Sprinkles for Breakfast combines the flavors of lavender, honey and rosemary to make one uniquely delicious and beautiful cake. It’s perfect for when you’re entertaining guests, especially when decorated with sprigs of lavender and drizzled honey.
10. Honey Lavender Caramels
These soft and chewy treats have the perfect blend of sweet, salty and floral flavors thanks to the honey, lavender, rich cream and butter. And to make these even more exquisite, Gilded Fork suggests dipping the caramels in chocolate for a finishing touch.