Lavender Recipes

Lavender Shortcake Biscuits

Ingredients:
5oz (150g) softened butter
2.5oz (60g) icing sugar, plus extra to serve
2.5oz (60g) ground rice, or rice flour, sifted
50z (150g) plain flour, sifted
Heaped teaspoon of dried lavender flower heads

Method:
Pre heat oven to gas mark 4 (180 degrees).
Cream the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy, then gradually work in the sifted flours and lavender flower heads.
Roll out onto a lightly floured board to a thickness of about 5mm, then stamp out 15 biscuits by placing a 9in round pastry cutter on the pastry.
Give it a harp tap, then simply lift the cutter and the piece will drop out.
Arrange the biscuits on a lightly greased baking tray and gently prick each biscuit with a fork.
Bake for 10 – 12 minute, then leave on a baking tray for about 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Finish off with a light dusting of icing sugar.

Lavender ice cream (serves 4)

Ingredients:
6 free range eggs
125g / 4oz sugar
250ml / 8fl oz whole milk
250ml / 8fl oz double cream
Handful of dried lavender flower heads
1 vanilla pod split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and pod finely chopped

Method:
Infuse the lavender in the milk for about 30mins. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the eggs yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Combine the milk, chopped vanilla pod and seeds in a heavy bottomed pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5mins.
Turn off the heat and allow to cool for 30 seconds. Pour the milk mixture onto the eggs and sugar, whisking continuously until smooth and creamy, then return the mixture to the saucepan.
Place the pan over a medium heat and stir continuously for 4-5mins, or until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain the mixture through a sieve into a bowl.
Softly whip the cream and fold into the mixture. Pour into freezer container and cover with tight-fitting lid. Place container in the freezer for 2 hours, then beat with a fork to break up the ice crystals.
Return to the freezer and repeat the process after another 2 hours. Return to the freezer until completely frozen.

Jamie Oliver’s lavender crème brûlée (serves 4)

Ingredients:
2 vanilla pods
300ml double cream
200ml whole milk
8 large free-range or organic egg yolks
75g sugar
a bunch of lavender, flowers picked
4 tablespoons caster sugar

Method:
Preheat the oven to 140°C /gas 1.
Score the vanilla pods lengthways and scrape out the vanilla seeds with a knife or a teaspoon. Place the seeds into a saucepan, add the pods, cream and milk and slowly bring to the boil. Remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, get yourself a large bowl that will fit over your pan and beat together the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.Remove the vanilla pods from the pan and, little by little, add the milk and cream to the egg mixture in the bowl, whisking continuously.

Using the same saucepan, bring the mixture to a simmer and put the bowl on top of the pan. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes over the simmering water, stirring often, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Stir in a small handful of lavender flowers, but the trick is to be delicate – you only need a hint of its distinctive, strong flavour.

Remove any bubbles or froth from the mixture before dividing it between your ramekins. Stand these in a high-sided roasting tray, and fill the tray with water halfway up the ramekins.
Place carefully in the preheated oven and cook for around 30 to 45 minutes or until the mixture has set but is still slightly wobbly in the centre. Allow to cool at room temperature then place in the fridge until ready.

To serve, sprinkle each crème brûlée with a tablespoon of caster sugar and some more of the lavender flowers and caramelize under a very hot grill or using the chef’s torch.

 

Lavender Caesar Dressing (taken from the Lavender Cookbook by Sharon Shipley)

Ingredients:
2 cups ricotta cheese
½  cup of extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup of country style Dijon mustard
1/3 a cup of grated Parmasan cheese
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons dried lavender buds, finely ground in a spice grinder
1 ½ teaspoons crushed hot-pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon chilli power

Method:
In a blender combine the ricotta, oil, mustard, parmesan, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, anchovy paste, coriander, lavender, pepper flakes, cumin and chilli powder. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

 

Lavender lamb chops

Ingredients:
8 lamb chops
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, or 1 tablespoon dried
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried
½  teaspoon fresh lavender, or 1/4 dried

Method:
Chop herbs very finely and mix together. Pat the herb mixture onto the chops, distributing as evenly as possible. Wrap the chops in plastic wrap and refrigerate  for 1 hour or longer  (up to 24 hours).
When ready to cook, remove wrap, salt chops lightly and bring to room temperature. Preheat grill and cook  for 3 – 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness, for medium rare

 

Lavender lemonade

Ingredients:
15g dried lavender heads
500ml (18fl oz) boiling water
150g (5½oz) sugar
1.2 litres (2 pints) cold water
5 lemons

Method:
Put the flower heads into a saucepan and pour over the boiling water. Bring to the boil again and simmer for a minute or two. Turn off the heat and leave for 10 minutes to steep. Strain. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the cold water. Squeeze the lemons directly into the pan then strain again if you want rid of any pips.

Top Tips

Our lavender oil is a unique and lovely product. Here are some suggestions for how to use and enjoy it:

Mayfield Lavender Aromatherapy Bath

Add 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil to a warm bath, then lie back and unwind! Ideal for relieving stress and rebalancing body and soul.

Mayfield Lavender Facial

Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a steaming hot bowl of water, place a towel over your
head and inhale. Ideal for clearing colds, refreshing and cleansing your skin as well as relaxing and calming.

Good Night Sleep Remedy

Put a few drops of lavender oil onto a handkerchief and place into your pillowcase.

Mayfield Lavender Shower

Drop a few drops of oil onto your flannel, rub over your body and at the same timeinhale. Ideal for revitalising body and mind.

Mayfield Lavender Body Massage Oil

Mix two drops of lavender oil and two drops of geranium oil with 10ml of jojoba, grapeseed or almond oil. Warm a little in the palms of your hand and inhale deeply. Massage into your body, breathe in and relax. Ideal for calming and de-stressing.

Mayfield Lavender Insect Bite & Sting Remedy

Put 1-2 drops of lavender oil on cotton wool and dab gently on insect bites, bee and nettle stings.  Eases pain, reduces swelling and aids speedy recovery.

Mayfield Lavender Minor Burns including Sunburn Remedy

For minor burns and sunburn, add 2 to 3 drops of lavender oil to a litre of water. Place a flannel or clean cotton cloth into the water, then lay on the affected area.  Soothes the pain of minor burns, reduces swelling and aids hydration of the skin.

Mayfield Lavender Minor Sprains, Aches and Headache Remedy

Prepare a compress by adding 1- 4 drops of lavender oil  to a small bowl of warm water. Soak a flannel or clean absorbent cloth in the water, then lay over the affected area.

Mayfield Lavender Foot Spa

Add a few drops of lavender oil to a bowl of comfortably warm water and soak your feet for 20 minutes.  Relaxes and revives tired feet.

Mayfield Lavender Fresh Laundry

Put 2 to 3 drops of mayfield lavender oil into your washing machine
or
Add 2 to 3 drops of mayfield lavender oil to the water in a steam iron

Ideal for fresh smelling clothes!

Mayfield Lavender Moth Repellent

Hang Mayfield Lavender Bags on coat hangers in your wardrobe to prevent moths damaging your clothes.

Note: the lavender bags make lovely drawer fresheners and placing under your pillow also aids a good nights sleep!  Squeeze the bags with your hand on a regular basis to reactivate the fragrance. After a few months add a few drops of lavender oil to refresh the fragrance.

Mayfield Lavender Manicure

Ingredients for manicure scrub:

  • Handful of coarse sea salt placed in a small bowl
  • 30ml of jojoba or almond oil
  • 6 drops of Mayfield Lavender Oil
  • 2 drops of geranium pure essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together. To use, scoop out a fingertip amount of salt and plenty of oil.  Massage in a little lavender scrub on damp hands, paying particular attention to the cuticles around the fingernails, backs of the hands and wrists. Rinse and pat dry. Use an emery board to shape your nails, always file gently in one direction from the outside in. Apply cuticle remover and soak both hands in warm soapy water containing two drops of lavender oil. Dry and gently push back cuticles with orange stick or cotton bud.

Mayfield Lavender Room Fragrance

Add a few drops of lavender oil to a bowl of dried flowers or pot pourri.
or
Float a few drops of lavender oil on water in an oil burner to release the aroma into the air. Make sure that the burner is placed on a heatproof surface and that the bowl is not allowed to burn dry.
or
Shake a few drops of lavender oil onto a cloth or issue and lay over a hot radiator.
or
Add 4-6 drops of lavender oil to 500ml of water. Decant into a plant sprayer kept especially for the purpose. Shake well, then spray.
or
Add 1-2 drops of lavender oil to warm melted wax around the wick of the candle. Essential oils are flammable so care should be taken not to get oil on the flame itself.

Never leave candles unattended.

Ideal for creating a fragranced, calming atmosphere in your home.