September 30, 2019

Lavender and White Chocolate Chip Cookies


A good friend recently offered me a special gift to indulge my passion for French baking: a packet of culinary lavender from Campie's Lavender Patch. The lavender is grown on a family farm in northern Nevada's Great Basin near the town of Stagecoach. 
Inspired by the romantic image of high-desert flowers and the pleasant fragrance of dried lavender in the little packet, I've decided to try out some recipes that call for lavender. I'm starting with this simple recipe which turns out delightfully fancy cookies.

Recipe for Lavender and White Chocolate Chip Cookies
                             adapted from Campie's Culinary Lavender


Ingredients
* 1 cup of butter
* 3/4 cup of sugar
* 1 large egg
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon of baking powder
* 1 teaspoon of dried lavender buds
* 1/3 cup of mini white-chocolate chips

Directions
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2.) Grease the baking sheet or line with parchment paper. 
3.) Cream butter and sugar. 
4.) Incorporate the egg, lavender and white-chocolate chips.
5.) In a separate bowl, blend together the flour and baking powder.
6.) Incorporate the flour mixture into the butter-sugar mixture.
7.) Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
8.) Place small scoops of dough on baking sheet.
9.) Bake for 12 minutes until just slightly browned.
10.) Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then enjoy!

The aroma of lavender takes me back to a trip to the south of France that I took several years ago. In Provence, lavender grows in gardens and estate properties as well as at lavender farms where flowers blossom in a tidy postcard-perfect fashion.

A few years ago, I stayed at the Château de Berne in Provence (pictured here) where lavender grows all over the property.




















Lavender typically blooms from June through September, accenting the rural landscape with its vivid purple hues and lending a wonderful perfume to the air. During this season, the Provençal countryside is especially picturesque.



By baking these cookies, you can take a virtual trip to Provence, transported in imagination by the delicate aroma of lavender. The cookies are especially delicious served with a floral black tea from the luxury Parisian tea company Mariage Frères, such as the "Eros", "Marco Polo" or "Thé en Provence" blend.

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