Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Lavender & Lemon Mini Loaf Cakes

I love lavender, anything to do with lavender, I have it or tried it. It's my favourite scent, my favourite aromatherapy oil and now one of my favourite things to eat.
I made these delicious mini lavender and lemon loaves for my besties birthday last week and they went down a treat with everyone.

Ingredients:

4oz Soft cooking butter
4oz Self Raising flour
4oz Caster Sugar
2 eggs
2 Tblsp Milk
Sicilian Lemon Extract
Dried lavender - I was going to pick some fresh from the garden but my mum had some dried lavender already which she gave to me. She got it in a local health food shop.
Icing sugar - I never measure this, I just add some to water and mix and add more as necessary until I have got it to the texture I need
Violet food colouring

Method:

  • I began whizzing the sugar and flour together in the food mixture
  • Add the lavender to this. Some may opt to sift out the lavender after this but I didn't because I wanted it to be quite fragrant 
  • Add the milk, eggs and butter and mix well. As usual I left to whizz around in the food mixer while I prepared my tins. I used a 6 mini loaf tin but had enough mixture to fill 4. I greased my tins with some butter
  • I added Sicilian Lemon extract at this point, about a teaspoon and gave it another good mix
  • Add mixture to the tins and bake in the oven at approx 170 for 20mins or until cooked through
  • Once cooked and cooled, I topped them with icing and a few cake toppings I had in the cupboard.
These cakes turned out so much tastier than I had imagined, the sponge was light and the lavender was intense but subtle at the same time if that's possible! Next time I would a little more lemon or some lemon rind. These are just as nice without the icing too.
These tasty little bites reminded my of the Lemon Lavender scented yankee candle. Luke had a great time helping me with the icing and decorating, as I was putting on the decorations, he was eating them :)






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