Friday, 3 February 2012

White Chocolate and Lavender Shortbread - Calming ???

I love the smell of lavender and I've been wanting to incorporate it into a recipe for a while now. Always wondered if eating it would have the same calming effects that smelling it are supposed to have !! ( probably not with all the sugar involved !!)
I think they are delicious but some may say it is an acquired taste !!
Give them a go and see what you think - they do look reallt pretty next to a pot of tea!

White Chocolate and Lavender Shortbread ( makes 12 biscuits)

100g Unsalted Butter ( soft )
50g   Caster Sugar
150g Plain Flour
1 tsp Lavender ( organic cooking type - I use Steenbergs )
100g White Chocolate
Extra Lavender for decorating

Method

Preheat oven to 180 o C / 170 o C fan.

Cream butter and sugar together until really light and fluffy - I love my Kitchenaid for this !!
Then mix in the lavender and finally the flour to form a dough - don't work it at all - tip out on to surface ( best to use a piece of grease proof paper ) and just bring together.
Roll out on the paper ( prevents sticking) and using a 2 inch diameter round cutter make the biscuits.
Use a palette knife to transfer them to a baking tray with greaseproof paper or a silicon baking sheet on and bake for 8 - 10 minutes until cooked through but not coloured at all.
Allow to cool.
Meanwhile melt the white chocolate in a bowl over simmering water or in the microwave for a couple of minutes taking care not to burn it.
When the biscuits have cooled , dip the ends into the chocolate and place on to another piece of grease proof or the silicon sheet.
Sprinkle a little lavender on the chocolate and allow to set in the fridge.

On the tray waiting for the chocolate to set


Finally finished ......



So pretty and crumbly !!


And close up !!


YUM xx