Lavender, so quickly recognizable as a fragrance, has a flavor that can be hard to be place, in part because it’s so unexpected in a cookie, and in part because the flowers tend to taste more like lemon than you’d imagine. I like the puzzle of the ingredient and really like how its cool astringency blends with white chocolate’s cozy, warm vanilla flavor. They’re a perfect match in this buttery shortbread.
Ok, sure. But I’m not a huge fan of floral notes like lavender and violet in my food. It reminds me of perfume (I think my nana used to wear a violet perfume and I just can’t get beyond that idea when I see/ taste strong florals in food). In France I do have culinary lavender oil which I’ve used before in these galettes and I enjoyed them – mostly because I couldn’t really taste it – but that oil is in my kitchen in France, not here and I just didn’t want to buy another thing I probably wouldn’t use much of so I looked for inspiration in my kitchen and found – limes. I love the idea of lime and white chocolate – I know those tangy citrussy notes go well with sweet white chocolate.
I made a 1/4 of the recipe which made 12 cookies baked in muffin tins. I used about 1 teaspoon of lime zest instead of the lavender. My cookies were baked after 14 minutes (I was afraid of the white chocolate burning – they did get fairly dark), not the 16-18 minutes the recipe called for.
The flavour? I LOVED these (sorry, Dorie for going way off the recipe here!). Sweet and tart and the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon espresso.
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Lavender White Chocolate Sablés on page 347 of Dorie’s Cookies.
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