Lavender in a cookie, you say? Novel idea makes a delightful addition to shortbread
Liane Faulder, Canwest News Service Published: Monday, July 28, 2008
EDMONTON - It takes a creative chef to inject a shot of new into an old favourite. For evidence, visit The Arbour Restaurant at Rutherford House.
Located in the provincial historical site, the home of Alberta's first premier, The Arbour House has long been known for its high tea. The collection of fancy sandwiches, sweet scones with raspberry butter, and tiny, perfect dainties is served on a three-tiered china cake plate. This time of the year, the plate is decorated with pansies and sprigs of fresh mint from the Rutherford House garden, as appealing to the eye as to the tummy.
What I love about the delicious spread, however, is chef Renee Kohlman's take on the traditional shortbread recipe prepared by premier Alexander Rutherford's wife, Mattie. Kohlman, a NAIT-trained chef on staff at The Arbour Restaurant for the last four years, happened to notice dried lavender was for sale in the Rutherford House gift shop. She wondered how it would work in a cookie. The result is a fragrant combination of savoury and sweet that makes diners stop and marvel.
The lavender is as much a scent as a flavour in this cookie. It seems to somehow seep upwards in the mouth, through the palate and into the nose.
The cookies are prepared every week by volunteer baker Nora Geertsen, who has showed up Wednesday mornings at Rutherford House for the last 12 years. As a retired homemaker who always had a jar of fresh cookies on hand, Geertsen reminds cookie lovers that, as well as tasting good, lavender is reputed to have a calming effect.
Mrs. Rutherford's Traditional Shortbread
Makes about six dozen
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) icing sugar
4 tablespoons (60 mL) cornstarch
4 cups (1 L) flour
2 tablespoons (30 mL) cooking-grade lavender buds or flowers
1 pound (500 g) soft butter
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) almond flavour
Sift dry ingredients. Cut in butter and knead until the mixture holds together. Roll by hand into a 1-inch (2.5 cm) ball, flatten and press with a design if you choose. (Geertsen uses the imprint of a rose to top the cookies.) Bake at 350 degrees F (170 C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on racks and store in airtight containers.
Times Colonist 2008
Did I ever say shortbread is one of my favourites?
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07-28-2008, 09:27 AM #1
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07-28-2008, 11:30 AM #3
Hasn't Lavender been linked to causing male breast development in young boys?? I believe I remember it having similar effects as estrogen, and also suppressing testosterone. I'll pass on Lavender cookies.. I guess it's back to Yahoo and Google for more research to be sure.I fish for a living, but I have to work for money...
07-28-2008, 11:32 AM #4
well, maybe not supressing testosterone, but still, bad enough..I fish for a living, but I have to work for money...
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