The Novel Bakers have been cooking all summer to bring you seven days
of lavender-themed recipes, tablescapes, gardens, and more.
I can't wait to see what the girls have been up to:
During yesterday's introduction, I talked about being a lavender virgin. Before I
read The Lavender Cookbook by the late Sharon Shipley, I'd never worked with this herb.
To me, lavender evoked memories of the perfume factories in Grasse, France.
I remember how I wandered through the stores, moving through great drifts of fragrance.
I bought gifts for my family, tucking soap and bath salts into my luggage. When I got home and unzipped my suitcase, the lush, purple fields of Provence tumbled out.
The whole time I was in France, I didn't buy a single bag of culinary lavender,
mainly because I wanted to wear the fragrance, not chew it.
Now, I'm mesmerized by this whimsical herb.
However, my family needs a bit of prodding.
I modified our favorite granola recipe to include lavender.
What You Need:
1 large baking pan (I used a disposable turkey pan)
4 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. chopped pecans
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 T. organic flax seed
1 T. wheat germ
Add your favorite goodies:
breakfast trail mixes
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Place dry ingredients into the pan and mix.
1/2 cup lavender honey
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon culinary lavender
Mix and pour over dry ingredients.
Place pan in oven and bake 15 minutes. Stir.
Bake 15 more minutes Stir. Continue baking in 5 minute increments or
until granola is brown. Watch it carefully!
Remove from oven and cool.
Lavender adds a layer of magic to this recipe.
It's delicious by itself, with milk, or sprinkled over ice cream.
This granola can be incorporated into a key lime or lemon pie crust. Just add graham cracker crumbs and pulverize in a food processor. But you'll probably want to eat this cereal with a spoon.
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