Friday, August 06, 2010

It's Friday...and we're in love...

Last night we had our Lavender Class.
Catherine came out and taught us all about this herb and it's gazillon uses.

She also taught us how to grow, prune and harvest this fabulous herb.

We also talked about the many foods and drinks you can make with Lavender.  We found out that you can even use the leaves to make things like Lavender lemonade... Who knew?

Then she brought along her collection of Lavender cleaners, room & linen sprays, herbal teas, sachets, and of course, the plant itself for us to shop from.

All this while we devoured Lavender cookies & Lavender tea bread while sipping on some of our Victorian Garden tea, which of course has Lavender in it!

One thing we wanted to make was this recipe for Lavender fudge, but we didn't have enough Lavender buds for it (then we found out that we could have used the leaves!)
So we thought we'd share it with you... then we all can make it!

Lavender Harvest Fudge

2cups(12oz.) good chocolate chips (for special occasions us Belgian chocolate!)
1tin(300ml) sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp. dried Lavender flowers (3Tbsp. fresh)
-measure, then grind finely, use a clean coffee grinder

Melt everything together in a double boiler.  Add 3 tbsp. butter.  Stir until smooth and melted. 

Pour into a pan lined with wax paper (approximately 9"x9").  Cover with Saran Wrap.  Chill overnight.

Cut into 1" squares.  Wrap like "sweets" in twists of wax paper. 

*Recipe can be doubled, use 9"x12" pan.  Stripe it using white chocolate for top layer and dark for the bottom.

**Optional:  Sprinkle fresh Lavender on to layer to decorate!

We are in love with Lavender this Friday... what are you in love with today??


nana_ang_poppaphil said...

That looks like it was so much fun. I love lavender and will be making the fudge when ours is flowering in a few months.

There's nothing like the smell of Lavender on clean linen. I know that in Victorian England they would hang the sheets on lavender bushes to dry. I haven't tried it yet as my lavender is in the front garden and our neighbours think I'm a little "different" as it is.

sarayutouched said...

i am in love with this post. very cool was the fudge???

Nancy :) said...

What fun! I love your site. Thanks for the info!


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