One reason I love lavender is that it's so incredibly versatile and multifunctional. Among the many ways that it can be used, and one that's pretty phenomenal in my opinion, is lavender sugar. I think every cook should have a secret ingredient. Mine is lavender sugar. Every now and then when I'm in a baking mood I like to use lavender sugar because it adds an interesting background flavor to cakes, breads, pies, and cookies. You can also sprinkle it on top of scones or muffins or stir it into hot cocoa or tea...yummy. Best of all, it's easy to make! All you need is some storebought granulated sugar, dried culinary lavender buds, a food processor, and about 60 seconds. Put the sugar and lavender buds in the food processor, process for about 60 seconds and you're done! This creates a finely-textured sugar and breaks apart the buds, releasing the essential oil and fragrance. An alternative is to use a clean coffee grinder in which case you'll need to make smaller batches. And here's a thought - transfer the sugar to pretty jars, tie on a decorative ribbon and you've got a unique gift! Stored in an airtight container in a cool place, lavender sugar will keep for up to a year although the fragrance may fade over time. Of course, the proportion of buds to sugar can vary depending on taste. I generally use 2 teaspoons lavender buds to 1 cup sugar.
Finally, hasn't the year just flown by? If you're out and about this Sunday afternoon, we hope you'll feel free to stop by the farm for Fall Open Farm Day. We'd love to see you and share a slice of Lavender Pound Cake and hot tea. We'll have lavender buds for sale (so you can make your own lavender sugar!) along with soap, bundles and more. See you soon!