Sunday, 28 November 2010

Lavender Pancakes and snowflakes

This is the third weekend in a row when I've had lavender for brunch. First it was lavender bread, then Lavender waffles and now Lavender pancakes. Hey, that is what happens when a girl rediscovers her jar of home-grown lavender. I think I have shown over the past few weeks, that lavender can be a versatile ingredient in the kitchen, especially in sweet treats.

If you have yet to cook or bake with lavender, just keep one thing in mind, Lavender has a very strong flavour especially when dried so please use sparingly. Its a wonderful herb, almost magical - both for scent and flavour. Lavender not only stimulates the appetite, it raises the spirits and right now, I am appreciating lavender more as my work life situation is not the most happiest at the moment. The flecks of lavender flower buds also make dishes look very pretty. This I think can only make you smile!
This is what my tiny garden plot looks like from my flat window. I had plans yesterday to do a bit of gardening, tidying up and harvesting the last of my beetroot and chard, but I can't even see them for all the snow. The snow is falling quite heavy as I type.
The last of the red cooking apples still hanging on strong look like Christmas baubles. The birds are appreciating them. We had some Waxwings (I like to call them punk birds because of their hair-do) fly over, but they didn't stay long.
I am submitting these Lavender Pancakes to Anh of A Food Lover’s Journey for this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB) Number 261. WHB as it is fondly known, is overseen by Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything and was an idea initiated by Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen. This is a wonderful food event for bloggers to showcase recipes or informative posts about cooking with herbs or unusual plant ingredients.

If you don't fancy making some Lavender pancakes, please check out my other Lavender recipes. I am sure you will find something to inspire you.

Lavender Pancakes
Makes 4 - 6
125g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 free range egg
250ml milk
1/2 teaspoon edible lavender
Sunflower oil for frying
Pour the milk into a measuring jug and add the lavender to it for the flavours to infuse, about 10 -15 minutes should be good. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a crater in the middle of the flour and break in the egg. Pour in half of the lavender infused milk and start to mix the egg and milk with a balloon whisk, whisking in the flour from the edges a little at a time. Add the rest of the milk and keep on whisking until there are no more lumps of flour.
Put the frying pan on the hob and heat. Add about a tablespoon of oil to the pan, and swirl it around the pan. When the oil is hot, pour in a ladle or so to cover the pan, tilt the pan so the batter covers the base. As the pancakes sets, loosen the edges with a palette knife of a spatula. Flip the pancake over and cook for a few seconds on the other side. Serve immediately.


  1. oh! I will do this for sure! My daughter will love them! Thank you again!

    We have exactly the same amount of snow! Funny!

    Have a nice week!

  2. Oh, lavender pancakes! So cool!

  3. This sounds like a fun recipe! I've got lavender in the garden! Thanks for the great idea! Have a wonderful day!

  4. Thank you spécialiste de l'éphémère.
    So you too have snow - wow.
    I hope you and your daughter enjoy these pancakes!
    Have a nice week!

    Thanks LeLa.

    Thanks Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes.
    Fun and therapeutic! Do dry some of the lavender from your garden. Its a wonderful storecupboard ingredient. You Enjoy the rest of your day too!

  5. I've seen many lavender recipes but never made any! This sounds delicious :).

  6. Charlie.
    Please do give this a go. Its a nice change from plain pancakes.

  7. We also had the 1st snow over here!! Your lavender pancakes look so tasty!!

    yummie food!

  8. Those pancakes look lovely and thin, great idea to use your lavender.
    So jealous of your snow, I wonder if we will get any this week.

  9. They look great. We just got our first proper snow tonight :-)

  10. ooooooohhhhhhh! THese lavendar pancakes look so interesting and good! I love lavendar in things. Now I just need to buy some so I can do something with it like this!

  11. These look and sound really good. I was wondering how your work situation was progressing so I am very sad to hear it's not good. I do hope things improve for you soon. Take care and eat more pancakes :)

  12. Julia has just announced a Snow Day Bake-Off, you may want to enter these :)

  13. My daughter has been having pancakes for breakfast just recently. I'm sure she'd love to try them with lavender added.

  14. Thank you so much Nicisme.
    Pleasde don't be jealous of the snow here, it was a nuisance getting into work this morning. Got train from where I live into the city centre, then had run to the other to get to my workplace. it was cancelled, so had to get the bus. Took long... At least I was wrapped warm.

    Ferris Jay.
    Hope your enjoyign the snow :-) I have to be honest, sadly I am not so much.

    Thank you Morgan.
    Grow some, even if its in pots. Then you have your own supply.

    Thanks Kath.
    Work is really, really ugly at the moment. When I come home now, I express my annoyance at what has happened/is happening to me and how my senior managers are treating me. Then I (try)to switch off. I will up-date you more later, when I know exactly the outcome and what is happening to me. Thank you for your kind wishes and thoughts - its so much appreciated :)

    Thanks Jacqueline.
    I've actually enetered these in WHB. So will have to do something else for the Snow Day Bake-Off:) Thanks for letting me know though.

    So lovely to hear from you Jo.
    It has been a while. Hopefully your daughter will make these and enjoy them as much as I have. Take care.

  15. These do look seriously cool .. I had lavendar in a creme brulee once, it was lovely.

  16. Thank you Emma.
    I bet the brulee was delicious. Its on my list to make one-day.

  17. Thanks for sharing another lavender recipe!
    Unfortunately my plants all died last year, so I will have to replace them before I can make these! I have a spot in mind for a bit of a lavender hedge.
    Keep warm

  18. Thank you Cabbage Tree Farm.
    Sorry to read about your lavender. I had a potted lavender plant die on me one, but remember reading a tip. I think it was to lop of an inch from the top of the dead lavender plant, water it and it will rejuvenate. Mine certainly did, so it may be worth a try if you still have them.

  19. My lavander died before blooming but I received some dried lavender harvested from my mother-in-law, now I know what to do with it!

  20. These pancakes look very tempting and I'll bet they smell heavenly. Maybe someday they'll invent a scratch n sniff button for the Internet!

  21. Thanks Graziana.
    Sorry to read about your lavender, but at least you got some dried to enjoy these. Hope you enjoy.

    Thanks Rachel.
    One-day there will be scratch and sniff. We wish!

  22. Hi Mangocheeks, thanks for dropping in to visit. Glad to return the pleasure! I've enjoyed reading your lavender recipes, and want to try the bread and scones. You mentioned using edible lavender - I assume that means the flower/seed heads? Or are there varieties which cannot be eaten (I know they don't all smell the same).

  23. I haven't been able to keep lavender alive over the winter but my sister gave me a tin of dried lavender. I keep meaning to use it and now I have a good excuse. Your pancakes look lovely.

  24. Thank you for repaying the compliment Scattered Gardener.

    I've read that All lavender is edible, but some are better than others. I can't remember the name of the lavender I used, my mind has gone blank but it is the one that looks kinds twiggy. Follow this link of mine and you will see what i mean from the photograph.
    Kind wishes.

    Thank you so much Elizabeth.
    Enjoy your gift of dried lavender.


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