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Rec: Peach-Lavender Cobbler. I remember a discussion about cooking with lavendar and thought

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Posted to Thread #11107 at 5:21 pm on Jun 19, 2008

someone might be interested in this. From Food and Wine, July 2008.

Peach-Lavender Cobbler

Nicole Krasinski loves the combination of peaches and lavender because the dried blossoms amplify the floral flavor of the fruit.
4 1/2 pounds freestone peaches—peeled, pitted and diced (10 cups)
2 1/2 tablespoons instant tapioca
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons rolled oats
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

make the filling: Preheat the oven to 400°. In a bowl, mix the peaches, tapioca, sugar, salt and lemon juice. Transfer the filling to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
make the topping: Using a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle, grind the lavender to a powder. In a bowl, combine the lavender, flour, oats, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two knives, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the 1/2 cup of cream and the buttermilk; stir until the dough is just moistened.
Using two spoons, form 3-tablespoon mounds of the topping and arrange them evenly over the peaches. Brush with cream and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar. Bake the cobbler for 50 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. Let cool slightly before serving.

8 servings


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