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Lavender in Shortbread and Elsewhere

by Kate on February 22, 2012

in Eat Well,Feel Great!

Lavender is a wonderfully versatile product, that can be used in a number of ways to great (and affordable!) effect.

Cuts and Scratches
Lavender has natural antiseptic properties, it’s like human antivirus software. Dab lavender oil on cuts and scrapes as a protective salve rather than using TCP or alcohol.

Skin Care
For burned or irritated skin, add some lavender oil to moisturiser and apply twice daily. Lavender oil in water works as a great after-sun treatment. Just add a dash of lavender oil to a spray bottle of water and mist generously.

Tie a bundle of lavender flowers in cloth and add them to the tumble dryer. A great alternative to dryer sheets.

Lavender makes an unusual, floral accent to many dishes like this Lavender Shortbread.

62g icing sugar
2 teaspoons teaspoons dried lavender
zest of one lemon
225g butter, room temperature
280g all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a food processor, pulse the icing sugar, dried lavender, and lemon zest until lavender flowers and lemon are well incorporated. Don’t be tempted to add more lavender as it can be quite strong and overpowering. Add the softened butter to the food processor and cream with the sugar. Add the flour and salt and mix just enough to combine.

Take the dough from the processor. and form into an 8 inch log. Wrap with greaseproof paper, and place in the fridge overnight, or for up to a few days. When ready to bake, heat oven to 190C. Slice the chilled dough into 1/4-inch slices. Bake for 13-15 minutes. You don’t want them to colour very much at all, so keep an eye on them, and don’t let them catch.

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