Culinary lavender-infused sugar makes a beautiful hostess gift, especially if you include one of your favorite recipes to go along with it. It adds a delicate floral touch to shortbread, cakes or even sprinkled on ripe berries. Put some on your Florida strawberries or this easy shortbread.
When I was growing up, homemade food gifts were a big thing in our family. My maternal grandmother made several different kinds of fudge to give away, while my paternal grandmother always made her incredible fruitcake. I know, I know, fruitcake has a terrible reputation, but Gram’s was moist and delicious. It’s the only fruitcake I ever liked. My mom went in another direction for her homemade food gifts: pickles! Everyone in her office got a jar of her pickles each year and loved them. They were sort of sweet and sort of sour, packed with sliced onions in between and quite divine, if you are a pickle-lover, which I am.
I haven’t done it in a while since tomatoes are expensive during the winter here in the UAE, but this spicy tomato chutney has been my homemade food gift more than once when we were living nearer the equator. But, as you can see, I’ve shared that recipe already for another #SundaySupper event. I was wracking my brain for something lovely that would make a good homemade food gift when I remembered that this summer I bought some culinary grade lavender from the Jersey Lavender Farm in the Channel Islands. Perfect for lavender-infused sugar! They can’t export outside of Europe, more’s the pity, but you can buy similar on Amazon so I’m including an affiliate link with the ingredients list.
Lavender-infused sugar makes a great gift for the bakers in your life this holiday season. It’s also a delightful wedding or shower favor. By all means include the recipe for Lazy Shortbread as well! It was sent to me many years ago by a Scottish friend who declared it the easiest and best shortbread ever. She is right.
- 3 1/2 cups or 865g large grain sugar crystals
- 1 rounded tablespoon lavender flowers <affiliate link
- 2 cups or 250g flour
- 1 cup or 130g cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Slightly rounded 1/2 cup or 125g caster or fine grain sugar
- 1 1/8 cup or 250g unsalted butter
- 1 egg white whisked with a teaspoon of water
- 2-3 tablespoons lavender-infused sugar
Mix the sugar and lavender, then divide between small bags or jars as gifts.
Wait two or three weeks for the lavender to impart its flavor to the sugar before using.
Line a small 8x8in or 20x20cm pan with baking parchment and preheat your oven to 325°F or 163°C.
Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in to a large mixing bowl.
Add in the sugar and stir to mix.
Gently melt the butter in a small pot over a low heat.
Pour it into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until it is well-combined and you have a soft, buttery dough.
Tip the dough into your prepared pan and spread it out evenly.
Use a knife to score the top into 18 equal pieces.
Use a fork or a skewer to poke decorative holes in each piece.
Bake in your preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the shortbread is getting golden.
Remove from the oven and brush lightly with the beaten egg white.
Sprinkle the top generously with lavender sugar.
Bake for 5 more minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
Use a sharp knife to cut the shortbread into pieces where you scored.
Leave to cool completely before removing from the pan.
Store in an airtight container once completely cooled.
If you are looking for some homemade food gift recipes to make for your loved ones this year, Sunday Supper has got you covered. Check out this major list of options. Many thanks to our host this week, Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and our event manager Cricket from Cricket’s Confections.
- Cinnamon and Spice Granola by Simple and Savory
- Coconut Macaroon Tarts by Asian In America
- Cranberry Coffee Cake by Food Done Light
- Mini Pumpkin Breads by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Snowman Poop by Palatable Pastime
- A Trio of Brittle by The Freshman Cook
- Grandma’s Peanut Butter Balls by Cricket’s Confections
- Homemade Peanut Brittle by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Homemade Twix Bars by Pies and Plots
- Peanut Butter Fudge by Family Around The Table
- Superfoods Fruit & Nut Bites by My Life Cookbook
- Toffee Candied Peanuts by New South Charm
- Turron de Jijona (Spanish Soft Nougat) by Caroline’s Cooking
- Espresso Fudge by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Peppermint Bark Candy by Life Tastes Good
- Peppermint Bark Popcorn by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Red Wine Hot Fudge Sauce by The Crumby Cupcake
Jams, Syrups, Drinks
- Blood and Sand Jam by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Creamy Lemoncello by Monica’s Table
- Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix by My Imperfect Kitchen
- Warm Gingerbread Syrup by Food Lust People Love
Mixes and Spices
- Cherry Almond Scone Mix by Baking Sense
- Cranberry Almond Quick Bread Mix by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Lavender-infused Sugar and Lazy Shortbread by Sunday Supper Movement
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