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Victorian Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Icing

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Victorian Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Icing

Makes 4 dozen cookies

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This is another cookie that I served at the Sept. 22, 2013 Sun Valley Harvest Festival’s Grand Tasting.  It was a big hit.  The combination of the lavender and rose water is so beautiful and tasty.  I have frozen these cookies with the icing and they taste just fine; however the rose water icing doesn’t seem to have as strong a smell as when first put on but it still tastes like rose water.

Ingredients for the cookies:

  1. 1/2 C. Sweet Butter
  2. 1 C. Bakers Sugar
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. 1 Tsp. Culinary Lavender, crushed
  5. 1 ½ C. flour
  6. 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  7. 1/4 Tsp. Salt

Directions for the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and lavender.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together and add to the butter, etc. mixture.
  4. Drop by teaspoons onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.  I lined mine 3 across because they do spread out flat-about 2” or so.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes.  Watch carefully to see that the bottoms don’t get too brown.  Mine here took about 8-9 minutes.
  6. Let cookies sit a minute on the cookie sheet and finishing cooling them on racks.

Ingredients for the Rose Water Icing: (I started with ½ of this recipe and that’s about all I used.  You may want more though.)

  1. 2 C. Powdered Sugar
  2. 5 ½ Tsp. water
  3. 6 ½ Tsp. Rose Water (can be procured at Atkinsons’-about $5)

Icing Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar with the water and rose water.

Finishing Directions:

  1. When the cookies have cooled, drizzle over them the icing.

 

Lavender Shortbread Bites

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Lavender Shortbread Bites

Makes about 40 square 1 inch bites

 Here’s an easy and yummy recipe to make for all the little goblins that come visiting you on Halloween or anytime for that matter.  You don’t have to put in lavender, however I did and presented this as an appetizer course at my presentation at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival’s Grand Tasting last Sept. 22nd.  I thought that the lavender gave it a nice little tasty twist but use your imagination for another like ingredient if you wish such as cinnamon, rosemary, etc.

 Ingredients:

  1. 1 ¼ C all-purpose flour
  2. 3 Tblsp. sugar
  3. 1/2 C. butter at room temp is best (1 cube and I used salt-free)
  4. 2 Tsp. dried lavender
  5. 2-3 Tsp. Lemon zest (or grated lemon rind-finely or not is up to you.)
  6. Sifted powder sugar for final dusting when bites are done

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, lavender and lemon till blended.
  3. Using a pasty cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the dry, lemon, lavender ingredients till the mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling.
  4. Form mixture with your hands into a ball and knead till smooth (this won’t take long).
  5. Roll or pat dough on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.  I patted the dough on the cookie sheet sized parchment paper on my counter top and placed some saran rap (or another piece of parchment paper would do) on top. I then rolled the dough to my desired thickness.  The recommended rolled size could be anywhere from 8 X 5 inches to 12 X 10 inches.  I do the 12 X 10 inches but if you want thicker cookies, your roll size should be smaller.  When you have finished rolling the dough, place the bottom parchment paper with the dough on your cookie sheet. Discard the top saran rap sheet. Then cut/score through the dough into the size cookies you wish.  I made 1” bites.
  6. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes or till lightly browned on top.
  7. Remove from oven, let sit for just a bit and then break the bites apart gently and transfer them to a wire rack to cool.  If you place some paper towels or something similar under the wire rack, it’ll be a breeze to dust them with the powder sugar if you wish to do that.
  8. Store the bites in a tightly covered container for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months (thaw before serving).
  9. Try hard not to eat them all at once.

No-Churn Ice Cream Recipe # 2 with various fruits and/or LAVENDER culinary buds

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lavenderNo-Churn Ice Cream Recipe # 2 with various fruits and/or LAVENDER culinary buds

Makes 4 pints

Here’s another WICKED recipe.  I  have received a lot of comments and compliments on my other fast, easy and yummy no-churn ice cream recipe so I thought I’d give you all another recipe which I also like a lot.  I think that it turns out a bit softer than the other one.  It’s excellent served in a pretty glass layered with fresh fruit and this ice cream.

Ingredients:

  1. 4 egg whites
  2. 1 ¾ C. superfine sugar
  3. 2 ½ C. heavy cream
  4. 2 ripe mangoes, flesh roughly chopped into 1-inch chunks, strawberries cut in smaller pieces, whole raspberries or blueberries ; peaches, apricots, banana cut in bits; add some chocolate chips; and for Lavender, add 1/2 C. lavender simple syrup and reduce the amount of heavy cream to 2 cups.

Instructions:

  1.  In a glass or metal bowl, beat the egg whites till thick.
  2. Add the sugar and beat until stiff.
  3. Add the cream and continue beating until mixture is thick and creamy.
  4. If you wish to make the lavender version, beat everything before adding the simple syrup.  When your mixture is thick and creamy in step 3, beat in the simple syrup in several additions.
  5. Gently fold in the fruit or fruit pieces.
  6. Cover and place in freezer until almost set (3-4 hours)
  7. Take, out and beat once more.  Put in airtight containers in the freezer overnight.

Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe (Makes 2 Cups):

Ingredients:

  1. 2 C. water
  2. 1 ½ C. superfine sugar
  3. 2 Tblsp. dried culinary lavender buds

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar and lavender to a boil.  Remove the pan from the heat and then cover with a lid.  Let this mixture steep for at least 1/2 hour however, I let it steep overnight for best results.
  2. Strain the syrup into a jar or bottle.  It will keep for a week or two in the fridge during which you can add it to iced tea, hot tea, hard liquor concoctions (basil flavored vodka works fabulously well), champagne, or lemonade (look for my separate recipe for that under Lavender Lemonade). I’ve heard that it will keep better if you introduce some vodka in the syrup.

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Free Form Fruit Tart

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Free Form Fruit Tart

Serves 4 to 8 (depending on sizes served)

 Easy as can be to make and delicious—that’s what this desert is.  Heavens, it takes no time what so ever to make (45 minutes at the most) and to bake;  everyone will for sure think that it took you all day and will ouuu and ahhhh and probably, you won’t have any left over’s—so you’ll have to make another the next day just to satisfy yourself.

Pre-Heat oven to 425F

Ingredients for the free-form pie crust:

  1. 1 ¼  C. flour
  2. 1/2 Tsp. salt
  3. 3 Tblsp. sugar
  4. 1 stick butter= 8 Tblsp. (room temp is the best, but if not, cut into small pieces)
  5. 3 Tblsp. very cold water (plus more if necessary)

Directions for making the pie crust:

  1. Whisk flour, salt and sugar in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Cut in the butter in the dry ingredients till mixture is well blended and looks like cornmeal. You can use two knives, forks or a pastry blender, but if you have a processor, do the following:  For the first 2 steps process the dry ingredients with a quick one, two pulse; then add the butter and process until blended and mixture looks like cornmeal.
  3. If you’ve used a processor, place your ingredients in a bowl. Add the water and mold with hands in order to make into a ball. Try to handle as little as possible so that the crust remains very light and flaky and will not become “heavy”.
  4. Place ball on a large piece of saran wrap; then place another sheet of saran wrap on top and flatten ball.
  5. Take a rolling pin and roll the top saran wrap sheet till your dough ball becomes a rough round of 9 or 10 inches (the dough should be about 1/4 inch thick).
  6. Remove your top saran wrap sheet, pick up the bottom saran sheet with the dough and quickly flip it out on a cookie sheet or pizza pan that has been lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Remove that saran sheet so that your dough is all by its lonesome on the prepared baking sheet. Now you are ready to place your desired filling in the middle of the dough.

Filling Ingredients for the free-form pie crust:

  1. Pitted, peeled, sliced soft fruit; thinly sliced apples, pears; crushed almonds, walnuts, raisins, currents  are all good filling choices.
  2. With fruit, you can toss them with crystallized ginger bits, cinnamon and/or sugar, honey and melted butter, lemon rind and whatever else you like.
  3. 2 Tblsp. melted butter

Final directions:

  1. Place fruit, whatever in the middle of the dough leaving a good 1 ½ inch free border all around.
  2. Fold up the edges of the crust up and around the fruit, pinching the outer edge dough together.
  3. Brush the dough with 2 Tblsp. melted butter and save some melted butter for brushing on the fruit itself.
  4. I also place a bit more sugar on the top of all.
  5. Place the free-form pie which is on the lined cookie sheet or pizza pan in your pre-heated oven until the dough is nice and brown and the fruit is bubbling (about 30 minutes but start checking after 20 minutes).
  6. Remove from oven, cool on a rack and serve warm dusted with confectioner sugar and ice cream or crème fraiche or whipped cream.

Patty’s Plumped Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

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Makes about 45 two-inch round cookies

I was over at Patty’s helping her do a little cooking.  She’s a terrific cook herself having been a home economics teacher, but she had a little handicap—a broken clavicle.  OUCH!!!  She introduced me to these fabulous cookies that her son, at age 7, (some 50 years ago) had introduced to her.  He had cut out this recipe from a magazine and asked mom to make them.  So, there you go; even younglings read recipes.  I think that these cookies turned out really tasty—and probably just due to one unique factor: the plumping of the raisins.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Cube of butter, softened—sweet or salt your choice
  2. 1/2 C. Brown sugar-dark or light—up to you
  3. 1/2 C. White granulated sugar
  4. 1 Egg
  5. 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  6. 1 C. Flour
  7. 1 Tsp. Baking soda
  8. 1 Tsp. Ground cinnamon (optional)
  9. 2 C. Quick cooking oats
  10. 1 C. Plumped raisins (let the raisins sit in warm water for about an hour or so)
  11. 1/2 C. chocolate chips-optional–however if you do use them, reduce the amount of raisins to about 3/4 C.

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, cream the butter and the 2 sugars. (You can cream by hand with a fork or with a mixer.)
  3. In a small cup, beat the egg with the vanilla (you can use a fork or a whisk) and add to batter. Mix well.
  4.  Whisk the flour with the soda and cinnamon and add to the batter.
  5. Add the oats to the batter.
  6. Drain the raisins and add them to the batter.
  7. The batter will be very thick, so it’s easiest to form 1- inch balls with your hands and place them on Teflon cookie sheets or sheets which are lined with parchment paper. You can line the balls up 3 in a row in a line of 5.
  8. Bake in pre-heated oven for about 12- 14 minutes.
  9. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then remove to a rack to cooPatty's Cookies 1 Patty's Cookies 2l.
  10. Try not to eat them all at once.
  11. For a little variation, try putting 1/2 Tsp. vanilla and 1/2 Tsp. almond with butterscotch chips and milk chocolate chips along with 1/4 Tsp. anise seeds.  You can even introduce shredded coconut and chopped nuts.  It’s a very versatile recipe.

Cupcakes, Nice and Easy

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Cupcakes-Coconut, Almond,  Chocolate, Lemon-The Easy Way

Makes 18-24 cupcakes

This is a super simple recipe that results in very light and rich tasting cupcakes.  They way you want them to taste is up to you—————-

Ingredients:

  1. 4 eggs
  2. 2/3 C. white sugar
  3. Dash of almond or vanilla extract or lemon zest  (optional)
  4. 1 ¼ C. all-purpose flour
  5. 1 Tsp. baking powder
  6. 3/4 C. total of the following 3 condiments—combination and amount to equal 3/4 C. wished for chosen by you (ie, it could be solely 3/4 C. coconut; or 1/4 C. coconut and 1/2 C. almonds; so-on-for the light flavor, don’t over dose):
    1. Shredded coconut
    2. Chopped or slivered almonds
    3. Chocolate chips
  7. 8 Tblsp. unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Combine the 4 eggs, sugar and optional extracts and beat for about 5 minutes until mixture is very thick, pale and forms a ribbon.
  2. Sift the flour with the baking powder .
  3. In the egg mixture, fold in some of the flour mixture and then some of your condiment selection and continue doing that till all folded in.  Lastly, fold in the melted butter.  Fold in well till you can’t see the butter any longer.
  4. Put the dough in the refrigerator for 25 minutes.  By that time, the mixture should be quite thick.
  5. When you’ve put the dough in the refrigerator, pre-heat the oven to 450. As well, spray your muffin pans or line them with paper cupcake liners.  I really like the latter.
  6. After 25 minutes take your mixture out of the refrigerator and scoop the dough out to fill the muffin pans/or liners till each is filled about 3/4 of the way full.
  7. Place on the middle rack in the 450 degree oven and bake for 5 minutes.  Turn the heat down to 400 and bake for 5-7 minutes longer or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick will come out clear.
  8. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
  9. Try not to eat them all at one sitting.

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Strawberry-Nut Quick Bread

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Strawberry-Nut Quick Bread

Makes one 9 X 5 Loaf

I found some very sweet and tasty California strawberries at the Ketchum Atkinsons’ store at a nice price- under $2 for a 1 lb. Clamshell.  So, I of course ate some fresh but the thought of making this very tasty quick moist bread came to mind, so I did create a half a loaf, just for me.  With some whipped cream cheese as a topping, it was delicious.  Of course, I wanted to share this easy recipe so here it is.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 C. sugar
  3. 1/2 C. oil
  4. 1 ½ C. all-purpose flour
  5. 1 Tsp. baking soda
  6. 2 Tsp. cinnamon
  7. 1/2 Tsp. salt
  8. 1 ½ C. of your favorite chopped nuts
  9. 10 Oz. sliced strawberries –fresh preferably but they can be frozen

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and oil well a 9 X 5 X 3 loaf pan.  I also sprinkled some sugar on the bottom.
  2. Beat eggs, sugar and oil until well combined.
  3. Mix together well the flour, soda, cinnamon and salt.  I use my whip for this.
  4. Beat or mix all until well blended.  Batter will be thick.
  5. Add the berries and chopped nuts.
  6. Spread the batter in the pan and bake on the middle rack for 55 to 65 minutes.  For half a loaf, I used the same sized pan so the break turned out a bit less thick and it baked in about 40-45 minutes.
  7. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes and remove to a wire rack. 

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Marmalade Drop Cookies–Quick, Easy and Yummy

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Marmalade Drop Cookies

24 cookies

Here is an easy and yummy cookie to make for your family and friends.  They also look pretty.

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 C. unsalted butter (1 cube), softened
  2. 1/4 C. sugar
  3. 3 Tblsp. sugar on a plate for dipping the dough
  4. 1 egg yolk, beaten with the following:
    1. 1 Tblsp. lemon juice
    2. 1 Tsp. grated lemon peel
    3. 1 Tsp. vanilla extract
    4. 1/4 Tsp. almond extract
  5. 1 C. plus 1 Tblsp. flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  3. Beat  softened butter and 1/4 C. sugar with electric beater and when smooth, add the egg yolk mixture.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, place the flour and then mix the butter mixture into it until a smooth dough forms.
  5. Form the dough into about 24 small balls and roll in the plated sugar before placing them on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Lastly, make an indentation in each ball with your finger or thumb.
  6. Place on middle oven rack and bake until tops are lightly golden, about 24 minutes.
  7. Cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a platter.
  8. Place some marmalade or jam of your choice in each indentation. If you wish, you can further decorate with some powdered sugar and sliced almonds.

A Breeze to Make Oreo Truffle Eggs Especially for Easter

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A Breeze to Make Oreo Truffle Eggs Especially for Easter

Makes around 40-45egg truffles for Aubrey

You may have run into this yummy truffle recipe however it escaped my attention until I was introduced to it at a party just recently.  It was so delicious that my iron will in regards to sweet temptations broke down and I indulged in several. But, I wondered what made them so good because when I asked the gal who had brought them, she said that they were deceivingly easy to make and even kids with parental help could make them. So lo and behold, I found the recipe on the net and true enough, they are a breeze to make. You all know how I love to share good things so here is this breeze to make recipe.  I thought that one could actually form the shapes to look more like chocolate Easter eggs— give that a try—and enjoy.

Ingredients:

  1. One 16. Oz. package of OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided
  2. One 8 oz. package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened or one 8 oz. carton of softened Cream Cheese.
  3. Two 8 oz. packages Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted. Kraft suggests placing the unwrapped chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and to microwave on high 2 ½ minutes or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring every 30 seconds.  For myself, I place the opened chocolate in a microwave bowl, put about 2 ¼  Tsp. of unsalted butter on top and micro on medium for about 2 minutes, then stir and continue microwaving on medium for 30 to 60 seconds more stirring intermittently until chocolate and butter are all melted. Sometimes I omit the butter.  If you are into professional looking exteriors, you probably should temper the chocolate which takes a bit of patience and time.  For tempering instructions, look that up on the net or a good cookbook.

Instructions:

  1. Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor(about 1/4 C.); reserve this for later use.   You can also crush the cookies in a plastic bag using a rolling pin.
  2. Crush the remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs and place in a medium bowl.
  3. Add cream cheese and mix until well blended. I used my hands.
  4. Roll cookie mixture in 40 balls or if for Easter, into egg shapes. They should be about one inch in diameter to give you a general idea of the appropriate size.
  5. Dip balls/eggs in the melted chocolate; place on a wax or parchment papered baking sheet.
  6. To easily coat the truffles with the melted chocolate, add truffles, in batches, to bowl of melted chocolate.  Use 2 forks to roll the truffles in the chocolate until evenly coated.  Remove the truffles with the forks letting any excess chocolate drip back in the bowl.  Place truffles on your papered prepared baking sheet.   If you have any left-over chocolate, store that in the frig. for some other later use.
  7. Sprinkle the balls with the reserved crumbs if you wish.
  8. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  9. I have frozen these and they turn out just fine.  In fact, I eat them straight out of the freezer and they are delicious. I also have put some crushed lavender culinary buds in the cream cheese and that has turned out well.

I dare you not to eat them all immediately.  However, if you are that strong of will and constitution, store in a tightly covered contained in the frig. for a later serving.  Don’t plan on any left-over’s.

A breeze to make coffee and Other Flavored Ice Creams (no ice-cream maker necessary)

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No Churn Coffee Ice Cream and Other Flavored Ice Creams (A BREEZE TO MAKE)

Picture is of a fresh cut up pear and some no churn coffee/chocolate ice cream

YES!!!!  You can also make Lemon and Orange and vanilla and  ????????

Makes almost 2 Pints

Thanks go to NPR and to hearing Nigella Lawson, fabulous Italian cook and author of cook books, talk about her recipe for this ice cream.  Well, I love coffee flavored goodies and I LOVE ice cream; so, this recipe was just up my alley.  I couldn’t wait to look it up on the net.  I couldn’t wait to get all of the proper ingredients to make it.  I couldn’t wait to get it in the freezer.  And that wasn’t till a late PM so guess what I had for breakfast–  So, now, just in case you are not in the “know” I wanted to share her recipe with you.  I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have (oh dear, I hate to get on the scales in the morning because honestly there are a TON of calories here), however, as Nigella says, she’s never without it and I know why.  I haven’t priced this out; however, I do think that it is cheaper than buying a good coffee ice cream and certainly it is better.  I can’t wager how good it’s for the waist line though—sorry.

Ingredients:

  1. 2/3 C. SWEETENED CONDENSED milk
  2. 2 Tblsp. instant espresso powder (I couldn’t find this here so I bought instant espresso coffee which I now keep in the freezer and mixed 2 Tblsp. of the granules with 2 Tsp. boiling water)
  3. 2 Tblsp. of some sort of coffee liqueur
  4. 1 ¼ C. HEAVY cream
  5. Two one-pint airtight containers

Directions:

  1. Put the condensed milk in a bowl and stir in the espresso powder or the substitute I’ve listed and the liqueur.
  2. In a separate bowl beat the cream until it reaches soft peaks.
  3. Fold the cream into the condensed milk mixture and pour into your airtight containers.
  4. Freeze for 6 hours at least or overnight. I found that I had to do it overnight for it to reach its properly frozen state.
  5. Delicious and you can serve the coffee flavor  with melted chocolate.  Or I was thinking that you could even swirl melted chocolate in the coffee flavor which I’m going to try next time I make that flavor. For a great vanilla, I put 1-2 Tblsp. good vanilla flavoring (taste to see you don’t have too much vanilla) and a splash of vodka for a bit of kick.  You won’t taste the vodka but I think that it makes it a bit richer.

OK–now you want to make another flavor?  Today, 2/23/13, I made Lemon Ice Cream substituting 2 Tblsp. Crystal Light Natural Lemonade Drink Mix Powder and 2 Tblsp. lemon flavored vodka for the coffee recipe ingredients.  I bought that airplane size vodka bottle for $1.50.  I also added some lemon zest/peel in the mixture.  Delicious.  I can’t wait to make orange, berry and you name it.  So much more economical than buying and also so much better.