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I'm always saying that I'm going to post recipes and then don't get around to it. Not this time, I decided.

The problem is that I usually want to do a fancy photo post, and I don't always feel like getting the camera out while I'm cooking. First, food stylist I am not. Second, baby underfoot. Third, lighting and tidy kitchen issues. Julien believes in the clean as you go method, whereas the kitchen looks like a bombsite as I go. :P

Still, I gave it a shot last night with these pots de crème à la lavande, not getting enough photos for a step-by-step recipe but just a few to put you in the mood.


Lavender is in bloom and I can't walk by a shrub of it without wanting to eat crème à la lavande. I do not give into the temptation on a regular basis because a) just wait until you see the amount of cream in these puppies, b) I read that pregnant and nursing women should avoid lavender (the article didn't state WHY and because I know the "dosage" I get from this dessert is minimal, I choose to still eat it. Just FYI).

Lavender Cream Pots

Pots de crème à la lavande, (Lavender Cream) recipe by French chef, Marc Veyrat.

Ingredients:
25 cl or grams (1 c) milk (We use whole milk, fresh from the farm)
1 T dried lavender buds (We have used fresh flowers, gathered in the courtyard of our first apartment. Ah, those newlywed days)
4 egg yolks
40 g (about 1/4 cup minus 1 T) caster sugar
330 g cream (You can use whipping cream, I would imagine. We use cream fresh from the farm, which is very thick--the ingredient called for in the French recipe is "liquid cream"--but as the dairy farmer pointed out, leave cream at room temperature and it will liquefy)

Julien's variation (pictured above):  Add a couple of chunks of dark chocolate to the ramekins before the cream for a surprise OR grate chocolate on the top.  Chocolate and lavender get along famously.
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Bring the milk to boil in a saucepan, then add dried lavender flowers, cover, remove from heat,  and let steep for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 150°C / 300°F. 

Vigorously whisk egg yolks and caster sugar until the mixture is pale and thick. Fold in the cream. Pass milk through a filter to remove lavender flowers as you add it the other ingredients.

Place parchment paper, paper towels, or a dishcloth at the bottom of a dutch oven (in French, the recipe calls for a dutch oven, but we use a casserole dish, too, and it turns out fine). Place 4 ramekins on the paper/towel (We've found that it makes closer to six ramekins) and fill them with the cream. Pour water into the dutch oven, halfway up the ramekins. Put dutch oven on the hob and bring water to a simmer. Cover and bake in oven for 30 minutes.

Note, if using a casserole dish BOIL THE WATER first! Cover casserole dish with foil and bake as above.

Chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Bon appétit!

Comments

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mana_trini
Jul. 10th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
miam miam
I feel like you won't need me anymore now that you mastered my recipe...lol
mnfaure
Jul. 10th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: miam miam
I'll always need you, babe. But just to make sure, you should start making some more yummy things.

Oh, like Blanquette de Veau, for example. I don't know how to do that, and you make the best!
mana_trini
Jul. 10th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you Chefou...
mnfaure
Jul. 10th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
C'est moi le chefou? ;) What sweet words from the tips of your fingers. :D
asakiyume
Jul. 10th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Such beautiful photos, and I *know* the finished result is delicious.

I make lavender shortbread using our lavender :-)

I do believe, also, in the deep friendship between lavender and chocolate!
mnfaure
Jul. 11th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
Oh, lavender shortbread. Yum. Care to share your recipe?

Last year I made apricot jam with lavender. It was yummy. I don't know how it holds up to time, though, because we ate it rather quickly. :P

I love that icon, btw. I always think there is something magical going on in that bead of water.
asakiyume
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Sure, I'd be glad to share it! I got it with a packet of lavender seeds, as I recall.

ingredients are:

1 1/2 cups (3/4 lb) butter (!)
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons chopped lavender florets
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
2 1/3 cups flour
1/2 cup corn starch
1/4 tsp salt

for garnish, put a few lavender florets into a small jar of powdered sugar overnight, and sprinkle this on the cookies.

directions:

--preheat oven to 325 F
--cover baking sheet with brown paper
--cream butter, sugar, lavender, mint,
add flour, cornstarch, salt

... now, the directions say that next you chill it, then roll it out, then cut into squares and put it on the baking sheet. However, what *I* do, which, for me, works better, is to squash the dough right onto the baking sheet at this point and to not cut it until you take it out of the oven.

--bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cookies are golden but not brown.
--take out of the oven, cool (and, if you've followed my way of doing it, at this point you cut the cookies.


mnfaure
Jul. 11th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
I shall use my teapot icon to serve you another cup when you've finished yours
That sounds so yummy--lavender and mint!

Do you bake directly after pressing the dough onto the cookie sheet or do you still chill it a bit first? If I had enough butter I would bake them tonight!
asakiyume
Jul. 12th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Re: I shall use my teapot icon to serve you another cup when you've finished yours
I do, but you could try chilling them--that might not be a bad idea.
cathemery
Jul. 11th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
I looked it up after your comments and a few sites say lav has a muscle-relaxing effect . . . and, you know, pregnant woman, premature labor. They didn't say anything about the nursing and there was a certain amount of "better safe than sorry" and some scornful "they forbid completely because it's easier" (rather than making sure exactly how much is safe, and how safe safe is precisely, I suppose).

A hardcopy reference I have says it was used as a sedative, that there's not enough evidence that it's an antispasmodic, but there is reason for its use for intestinal gas.
mnfaure
Jul. 11th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Interesting! Thanks for sharing. :)
pjthompson
Jul. 11th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds divine.
mnfaure
Jul. 12th, 2011 08:46 am (UTC)
It is truly yum. :D
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