Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lemon Bars with Lavender

Lemon and Lavender Bars

We have Lavender Farms near our town. We just read about a new farm opening this weekend. We travel to Provence often and visit friends that are fortunate to live across a dirt road from the vast Lavender Fields of Valensole. We come home with Lavender Soap, Lavender Essence, Lavender Sachets, Herbes de Provence with Lavender and anything else we can find that's made with Lavender.

We love to park the car on the side of the road, get out and listen to the sound of the buzzing bees and smell the intense fragrance of the lavender. It's what Provence is all about!

Thank you to all of our friends and family in France for making our lives fuller and richer by experiencing your amazing country. I've been traveling to France for over 40 years.

We have a friend that makes a great Lemon Lavender Cookie so I wanted to post my recipe for Lemon Bars with Lavender.


Crust:
2 sticks (1C butter) softened
3/4 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
2 C flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 TBS dried lavender

Filling:

6 large eggs
2 C sugar
1 C flour
1 C fresh lemon juice
zest of 3 lemons

Confectioner's Sugar and additional Lavender


Preparation:

Crust:
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together both types of sugars until creamy, at least 5 minutes.
Scrape the bowl and add :
flour
salt
lavender
Beat on low just until combined

Press the dough into the bottom of a 9X13 baking dish and 1/2" up the sides
Bake at 350 degrees for 18 - 20 minutes
Refrigerate st least 30 minutes

Filling:
In a bowl, whisk:
eggs
sugar
until creamy

Add:
flour
lemon juice
lemon zest
Whisk to incorporate

Pour the filling into the crust
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes

Cool Completely
Sprinkle with additional Lavender and dust with Confectioner's Sugar.


We buy local culinary lavender .
We also have it sent to us from our friends in Provence.


Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!





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