Sweet Lemon and Lavender Biscuits

Lemon Lavender Biscuits Made with Buttermilk Recipe by Spicie Foodie

When you think lavender what images race through your mind? A light violet color, sweet scent, fields in Southern France, and serenity are what I picture. Cooking ingredient is the last thing that I think of.

The first time lavender came into my kitchen was in a packet of herbes de Provence. The herb mixture was most often used in fish or other savory dishes. Never did I imagine using lavender as an ingredient in sweet recipes. That was up until a few years ago when lavender appeared to become the hip ingredient in the food blogging community.

Initially it didn’t really appeal to me because I’m not much of a baker and sweets are an occasional treat for us. The other reason is that I had this idea in my head that the sweets would taste like perfume or the lavender essential oil that I used in the bath. But I was wrong because as long as you don’t overuse it that taste will not be there. After a few experiments I discovered that lavender is a great culinary ingredient.

As I mentioned before lavender makes up part of the herb mixture called herbes de Provence. It can also be infused with other ingredients to prepare a tisane or herbal tea, paired with cheeses, candied for cake decorating or mixed with sugar to create lavender sugar. My favorite sweet uses for this lightly floral ingredient are in biscuits, scones and muffins. I also love infusing it with lemon honey tea for a relaxing night time drink.

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Sweet Lemon Lavender Biscuits
 
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These biscuits are soft, sweet with scents of lemon zest and lavender buds. The outer crust is crumbly while the center is soft and moist. Served warm with soft butter and honey makes them great for breakfast or an accompaniment to your afternoon tea.
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Recipe type: Baked, Breakfast, Brunch, Snack, Dessert
Cuisine: International, American, Baked
Serves: Makes 9
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp white sugar (adjust to taste)
  • zest from 1 small lemon
  • ½ tsp dried lavender, grind in a mortar and pestle to small granules
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup of buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 428 f or 220 c. Sift the flour, salt, sugar, zest, lavender, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and place inside the bowl with the flour. Using either a pastry cutter or your hands work the butter into the flour mixture. Continue until it has becomes coarse crumbs. Little by little start adding the buttermilk and stopping to work it into the crumb until all of the milk has all been used.
  2. Gather the dough into a large even height piece. Use a cookie cutter to cut the biscuits. I cut 6 pieces but it will depend on the cookie cutter size you use. Place biscuits onto a cookie sheet and bake in center of oven for 15 minutes or until baked through. Allow to cool sightly before serving.
Notes
Makes 9 extra small biscuits.

 

These biscuits are soft, sweet with scents of lemon zest and lavender buds. The outer crust is crumbly while the center is soft and moist. Served warm with softened butter and honey makes them great for breakfast or an accompaniment to your afternoon tea. These may not be the prettiest biscuits but they sure brought a bit of serenity with each bite.

Lemon Lavender Biscuits Made with Buttermilk Recipe by Spicie Foodie

 

Next time I bake with lavender it will also include chocolate. I hear chocolate pairs deliciously with lavender. Have you tried the combination, or what is your favorite sweet lavender recipe? Do share in the comments below.

 

Other great lavender uses and recipes.
– Joy The Baker’s Lavender Vanilla Sugar Recipe
Lavender & Vanilla Marshmallows by Drawings Under The Table
Pear and Lavender Butter by The Musician Who Cooks
Flavored Simple Syrups by Laura Friendly
The Purple Haze of Provence by The Hedonista
Molly’s Sketchbook: Lavender Sachets by The Purl Bee

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Me too..never thought that of baking with lavender until my sis gave me some. Kind of wondering whether the bakes using lavender will smell like aroma therapy perfume…lol. now that you are sharing this recipe, I might try this out as these cookies looks good.

  2. Tad says

    I’m making these this morning, and remembering to add the sugar, lavendar and lemon zest since none of those are added in the instructions :)

  3. says

    This would be a very nice treat. I can see them as part of a brunch line-up, yummy. I made a pound cake a couple of years ago with lavender cordial. Up until then I was skeptical about using lavender also. Not anymore!

  4. says

    I have never worked with lavender… but it sure sounds fancy and beautiful. These biscuits are stunning and I love the blue you used to make them pop. Love the lighting too. :)

  5. says

    I love the change to your photography – so light and bright but beautiful as always. Here’s a genuine question: why use lavender in your cooking if you can’t taste it? I have never used it, by the way.

  6. says

    I hope you are feeling better dear Nancy. I am still recovering from a nasty cold myself. We have a lavender farm near our house, I buy lavender honey all the time there. Biscuits look so rustic and so delicious. And I love photos, of course-))

  7. says

    Great looking biscuits! Definitely something I should try. I use herbes de Provence all the time, but that’s really the only way I use lavender. Definitely something I should explore – thanks for the inspiration.

  8. says

    Beautiful biscuits! I first encountered lavender in Aix-en-Provence on a biking trip in the countryside…sounds cheesy but that’s the way it happened. Seeing rows and rows of these gorgeous purple plants and inhaling its sweet intoxicating scent – it was pure heaven! I like lavender in my soap – or food, too!

  9. says

    I would love to place a little tab of butter on one, two, maybe three of the biscuits! I can smell the lemon and lavender. What a fabulous biscuit!

  10. says

    I never liked lavendar in food until I had an amazing ice cream that didn’t make it taste like soap. These look wonderful! Maybe I’ll give lavendar a try at home now. :)

  11. says

    I’ve had some dishes with lavender come out wonderful and others tasting like perfume! I think the biscuit might actually tame it a bit and it would be good, some butter on top wouldn’t hurt either. Love that top shot.
    -Gina-

  12. says

    What a lovely recipe. In Australia, we would call this a scone, and usually we have them plain, then split them and load them with jam and cream. Or sometimes we make pumpkin scones which we have steaming hot and slathered in butter. But these would be better than both – I can imagine them hot with butter and some fleur du sel, or cold, with some whipped cream and lashings of mountain honey. Oh god. Now I’m so hungry. Definitely going to make this recipe…

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