Lavender Honey Biscotti

We once made our own bitters.  It was quite the exhausting process sourcing all of the hard to find ingredients – tonka beans, gentian root, cassia sticks.  Huh?  Many were found in New York’s specialty markets, some online, and others in our kitchen cupboard.  The brew was assembled in a mason jar with charred oak chips and then put at the top of a closet to cure? ferment? whatever it is that bitters do for six months or so.  The result was an incredible tasting treat that is the highlight of many a cocktail.

But I digress… One of the key ingredients was dried lavender, that we now have an abundant supply of thanks to the minimum mail order quantity.  I have been looking for a use for it and finally decided to bake with it.  The resulting Lavender Honey Biscotti are delicious, low in fat and extremely easy to make.  In addition to adding a distinct, yet light, taste to the cookies, the lavender also provides a nice aroma while the biscotti are in the oven.

Now if I can just find a use for all that leftover gentian root.  Ideas, anyone?

Lavender Honey Biscotti


Lavender Honey Biscotti (Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated)

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup sugar

3 large eggs

3 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons grated orange zest

1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk sugar and eggs until it achieves a light lemon color. Mix in honey, vanilla, zest and lavender. Sift dry ingredients over the wet mixture and mix just until dough is combined.

The dough will probably be a little sticky. Cut the dough in half and move one piece of dough to a parchment lined baking sheet. Using lightly floured or wet hands, stretch dough into a rough 13×2″ log. Repeat with remaining dough (you want them to be about 3″ apart on the baking sheet.) Pat down each dough a bit to flatten and to smooth the top. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until firm and golden brown – turning pan once halfway through.

Cool the loaves for 5-10 minutes – until you can handle them. Lower the oven temperature to 325.

Using a serrated knife, cut each loaf diagonally into 1/4 to 1/2″ slices. Lay slices back on the baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake 15 minutes, until dry, turning over after 7 minutes. Transfer biscotti to wire rack and cool completely.

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6 responses to “Lavender Honey Biscotti

  1. I’ve had a jar of lavender in the cupboard for months, not knowing what to do with it, so thanks for the inspiration! Um, gentian root tea? Well, I tried 😉

  2. This recipe and the flavor combination sounds so nice. I love biscotti, especially since it normally doesn’t have a lot oil. I see yours has none-very nice!

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