A few weeks ago I was invited to the launch of the latest cook book by renowned South African food writer Phillipa Chefitz, Lazy Days.
At the event there were various stations set up for us to get involved with making our own meal, using recipes from the book and my sweet tooth struck it lucky when I found myself at the dessert station and the recipe in front of me was Lavender Shortbread – YUM!
I shared a few pics of the experience on my Instagram account and this pic garnered quite a bit of attention so I thought I would share with you Phillipa’s recipe on how to bake lavender shortbread….
Lavender Shortbread (serves 8)
For the shortbread:
2 cups cake flour
¼ cup cornflour
2/3 cup caster sugar
250g unsalted butter
unsprayed lavender flowers
Sift together flour, cornflour and salt.
Stir in caster sugar and cut in the butter.
Rub lightly together with the fingertips until it forms a dough.
Press into two 15–18 cm loose-bottomed tart tins.
Cut each one into wedges and prick neatly.
Press in lavender flowers.
Freeze while heating the oven to 160°C.
Bake for 45 minutes or until pale brown.
Cut into wedges again and allow to cool.
Sift icing sugar over and strew with lavender flowers.
And if I could make it then ANYBODY can! It’s super easy and seriously delicious…. served mid-morning with coffee, as a lunch time dessert or as part of an afternoon tea spread.
This recipe is part of Phillipa’s beautifully photographed cookbook, Lazy Days. It is filled with simple, refreshing & delicious recipes perfect for the warmer months of summer and takes you on a roadtrip up the West Coast where Phillipa uses only local produce to create mouthwatering easy recipes – perfect for lazy days.
The book is divided into picnics, light lunches, braai, afternoon tea, sundowners, long lazy dinners, desserts and basics – there is a recipe for every occasion. From braaied lamb chops and grilled eggplant with bruschetta, to steamed mussels in wine, and meringue with vanilla ice cream and summer fruit. All I can say is bring on summer!
Lazy Days can be purchased from all major book retailers for R345 and would make the perfect Christmas gift for a fanatical foodie. Mind you the lavender shortbread itself would also make a great gift esp for teachers or to accompany the book!
Images: Kathryn Rossiter & Quivertree Publications