Lavender Biscuits

Lavender Biscuits

Lavender Biscuits with Homemade Preserves

I remember the first day of my ninth grade Home Economics Class.  A class filled to the brim with giggling, and not so serious, ninth grade girls. Half listening to our Teacher talk about the foundation of Southern cuisine. The biscuit.

Bet you thought I was going to say Fried Catfish or Grits.  Which can be quite delicious, especially if my Mother-in-law is preparing the dish.

However, on that first day of ninth grade Home Economics, the Southern biscuit ruled.  It was the very first pastry I learned to bake on my own.

I ended that class with huge pride for my biscuit baking talent.  I baked biscuits for my family, for my friends, for my extended family and for my Grandparents when I went to stay with them for the summer.  Even the “not so soft” biscuits were consumed by my darling Grandfather.  He said they were good for his teeth.   I had become a biscuit baking machine.

And that… is the extent of my baking career.

I really do love a good pastry.  When I have time, it’s fun to hang out in the kitchen testing a new scone recipe or test my not so evident baking skills with a homemade cake or pie.  But if I had to choose something to bake, it will always be a biscuit.

I love rising early in the morning while the rest of the family sleeps.  Tank with his sleepy eyes half watching me cut in the cold butter and then roll out the dough, hoping something will fall to the floor so he can be helpful and “clean it up”.  Yes, this is why Tank is sometimes affectionately known as Pork Chop.  My sweeper of crumbs.  My little piglet.

And when my nose is greeted with the cheerful aroma of baking biscuits that permeates the house, my soul feels comforted.  Pulling out the perfectly golden medallions from the oven and serving them in a linen lined basket with homemade preserves and fresh salted butter; makes me feel like every weekend morning was made for biscuits.

Lavender Biscuits

These little lovelies are filled with the essence of lavender.  You can add most anything to your biscuits, but living here in the Pacific Northwest where lavender grows abundantly, it seemed the perfect aromatic herb to include in my cherished biscuits.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, one of our largest Lavender Festivals happens every July in Sequim, Washington.  We used to fly over to Sequim every year to sample all the lavender wares and of course eat our fill of culinary treats filled with lavender.

Makes about 8-12 small biscuits

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar or regular sugar

1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender buds

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons butter, cubed

3/4 cup whole milk, or more if needed

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 400F.

In a small spice grinder, coffee mill or food processor combine the sugar and dried lavender.  Grind until the lavender is fine and nicely dispersed in the sugar.  Just enough so someone doesn’t’ get a woody piece of lavender in their biscuit.  You can also do this in a sturdy mortar and pestle.

In a large bowl combine flour, lavender sugar, baking powder and salt together. Cut butter into mixture until it begins to look like course cornmeal.  Make sure you leave pea sized pieces in your flour mixture for light and fluffy biscuits.  There is an entire science behind this explained to me by my friend and Pastry Chef, Laurie Pfalzer.  Check out her incredible baking blog at www.pastrycraftseattle.com

Make a well in the flour mixture and slowly add milk into the middle. Knead dough with your fingers and add milk when necessary. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to desired thickness. Cut with a small biscuit cutter.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment. Place biscuits on the parchment and then sprinkle with additional sugar or brush with heavy cream.  Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with homemade preserves, Devonshire cream or make breakfast ham and egg sandwiches with Gruyere cheese. Delicious!

I also make this biscuit dough to top my blueberry cobbler.  Making it a Blueberry Cobbler with Lavender Biscuits.  🙂  I’ll post the entire recipe someday soon!

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Comments

  1. So flavorful with that floral profile. One of my new ultimate ingredients to add a wow factor to so many delicious things.

  2. The lavender adds a French flavour.

    I’ve been craving biscuits lately and now I have the perfect recipe!

  3. This sounds delicious! I love the idea of using lavender in a biscuit recipe. YUM!

  4. I love a good biscuit and yours look delicious. Blueberry cobbler made with your biscuits must be extra special.

  5. I totally had one favorite recipe I made over and over.. if only we had the time to do the same with all our baking, everything would be perfection:) I think your description of the quiet morning making biscuits is exactly why I love to bake.. I think your biscuits puff up much higher than mine, I’ll have to try this recipe! xx

  6. Yum! I love using lavender in most anything…such a great, earthy taste.

  7. charlie girl says:

    The lavender time of year is awesome here in the PNW. My favorite is the use of it in making vanilla ice cream, but a good biscuit at breakfast is heavenly! I think it’s time to try your recipe. Thank you!!!

    • Love lavender ice cream! We always have lavender ice cream when we visit Sequim. I’ve forgotten about that… thanks for reminding me. 🙂 With all this hot weather I think I will have to make some. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the biscuits.

  8. So, what does lavender taste like? I keep this going through my head, and am tempted to use lemon or something. What does lavender do for a biscuit?

    • For me, lavender tastes just like it smells. It’s a lovely mix of floral and woody scents which makes it complimentary to most sweet or savory pastry. It also pairs well with lemon. Depending where you live, you can typically find dried lavender buds at a local market, natural market or spice shop. There are several spice shops around the US that ship. Regards, Karista

  9. Karista, I love your writing and your stories so much. And I love your Grandfather. How adorable! I had a smile on my face through this whole post! Oh, and these biscuits! Lovely! I have a secret love affair with lavender. It just makes me happy. I cannot wait to make these tomorrow morning…with my chubby little Pork Chop at my feet! I’ll be thinking of you! 🙂

    • Caroline, thanks so much for the sweet comment. Love your blog too and it always makes me hungry! Hope your chubby little Pork Chop is doing well. She’s so cute!

  10. Lavender sounds like a delightful idea. Those biscuits look soooo wonderful!

  11. Can’t agree more…the scent of biscuits in the morning (or garlic in the evening!) just makes it *home*… Angel has been asking to make a batch for a couple of days now, “So I can eat the biscuit dough, Grandmom! I LOVE dough!” 😀

  12. I love baking with lavender. So aromatic!

  13. Oh yes please! I’ve been on a biscuit crave and craze…these look fabuous!

  14. Lovely…my first baking experience was making blueberry muffins from the Betty Crocker cook book 🙂

  15. Lavender biscuits.. mmmm . I’d like to slather on a little butter, then drizzle with lavender honey.

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