'lavender' on Serious Eats

How To Make Sweets With Lavender (That Don't Taste like Soap)

We all know the common problem with lavender-flavored sweets: they taste like dish soap, dryer sheets, or an unfortunate perfume. Yet I'm sure you've eaten lavender and enjoyed it—it's one of the key ingredients in the mild, savory blend known as herbs de Provence. On its own, lavender has a distinctive taste that's floral with hints of mint and rosemary (two plants to which it's related) and, used correctly, it makes the perfect flavoring for spring. How to use it correctly? Read on. More

Preserved: Blueberry Lavender Jam

Do you remember when you realized lavender was delicious? I was at a farmers' market, where I bought a package of shortbread cookies speckled with the dusty purple buds and lightly dusted with sea salt. The delicate flavor and floral perfume blew me away. Where had lavender been all my culinary life? In this recipe, it transforms ordinary blueberry jam into preserves that are positively romantic. More

Scooped: Sour Cherry and Lavender Sorbet

Let's talk sour cherries for a minute. They're only around for a short span of the year, and they're not the easiest to find fruit in the world, but for a dessert-maker, they're kind of magical. These puppies can take serious abuse. Unlike most summer fruit, they retain their character even when hit by sugar and heat. Cook a ripe peach with sugar even for a few minutes and you'll get something that tastes like it came from a can. Not so with sour cherries. More

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