Lavender and Raspberry Shortbread Stack Sometimes when I’m feeling a bit under the weather I turn to familiar things. I’ve been feeling a bit meh about running, (which is unlike me) we’ve had some stressful decisions to make at home and I haven’t been feeling 100% myself health wise. I’ve been craving mini cheddars (fond memories from childhood), snuggling in hoodies and relying on lots of friends and loved ones (more than I should) to help me through what is not a tough time, just not a normal bouncy, tigger like, happy-go-lucky Stephanie time.

Are you okay with this guys or is it all a bit TMI? I normally don’t waffle so much, I try to just give you the recipe, what do you prefer? Is this a bit of a downer perhaps? Sorry if it is, but anyway the upshot is the other familiar thing I go back to is baking, a half pot of lavender sugar in the cupboard has been nagging at me for some time. Shortbread is quick and easy and full of one of mine (and David’s) favourite things.. butter. So there was no other occasion or reason needed to get on with making this batch of shortbread. I did promise you some buttery delights a while back, so here they are. Lavender and Raspberry Shortbread Top

Do you like my new plate? It was a bit of an impulse purchase, I’d left these beauties at home to cool and was mentally thinking through my photos, cross at my lack of props and constant use of the same plates and decided to treat myself. Especially as I was feeling a bet meh about that mornings run, a non edible pick me up was a good match to the edible pick me up it now holds. The only downside was they had 6 colours, oh the indecision of my brain fog. Luckily David came when I’d got it down to two and told me the grey was ugly – win. He meant it in the nicest possible way I know, it was really “I love you babe, but grey, really, it’s a bit on the ugly side”.

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I can’t claim all inspiration for this recipe, especially this unique method of whisking ingredients, this shortbread recipe is adapted from Annie Bell’s Baking Bible . If you want to own just one baking book this should be it. It’s full of beautiful fail safe recipes. You’ve probably never heard of Annie Bell but next time you are looking through a compilation of recipes, cut out a cake recipe from a newspaper or find a great recipe online check out the author, Annie is everywhere. even Felicity Cloake turns to Annie for her infamous ‘How To Cook The Perfect‘ blog.  This book was recommended to me by one of my favourite fellow bakers and someone I trust implicitly with anything oven related Sarah. Thanks Sarah. So let me pass on that knowledge – get this book! But don’t tell everyone.

 

 

I think you’ll like these Lavender and Raspberry Shortbreads they are

  • Buttery
  • Floral
  • Perfumed
  • Easy to make
  • Sweet
  • Crumbly

Lavender and Raspberry Shortbread Plate But don’t turn your nose up at lavender as something your great Aunt Fanny would go for at a cake counter, flavour bursts of freeze dried raspberries cut through the floral nature of lavender and buttery-ness to give you something that will suit a whole lot more pallets, and Aunt Fanny will still like them.

NB: If you think I have made a mistake with 5g of freeze dried raspberries, let me explain! They are like dust, in a good way, the whole packet only weighs 10g – much to my surprise. They can be found in the baking aisle in Waitrose, where you’ll also found the lovely Star Kay lemon extract I used. Unfortunately Waitrose aren’t paying me, I just love their baking aisle – Waitrose if you are reading, feel free to pay me ;)

I’ve included this slightly murky picture to show you how your mixture should look in the pan. This is mine after I spread it out before a gentle press down, it still looked higgldy piggldy when it went in the oven.

Lavender and Raspberry Shortbread Tin

Total Time: 50 minutes

Number of servings: 16

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Ingredients

  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 75g lavender sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 5g freeze dried raspberries
  • 150g plain flour
  • 75g rice flour

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170'c and line a 27cm x 18cm baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. With an electric whisk and in a large bowl whisk together the butter, sugar and lemon extract until light a fluffy.
  3. Add the raspberries and flour, whisking until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  4. Gently spread the breadcrumbby mixture out into your tin, pressing down into the corners and gently levelling - don't push it down too hard, just enough for it to look like one piece of buttery, floury joy.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is a beautiful golden colour
  6. As you remove it from the oven sprinkle over some more lavender sugar and allow to cool.
  7. Remove from the tin and cut into 16 chunks.
 If you like shortbread have a look at some of my other shortbread recipes below, I’m a big fan of mixing stuff up so I don’t have a standalone unfiddled with shortbread recipe but if you want a traditional method shortbread try just making the base from my Creme Egg Millionaires Shortbread.

Lavender and Raspberry Shortbread Two

 

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15 thoughts on “Lavender and Raspberry Shortbread

  • July 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm
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    Sometimes it’s important to reply on friends and loved ones. Don’t be too hard on yourself! The recipe looks fab, I must give it a go and I’m loving the plate.

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  • July 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm
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    The shortbread looks delicious… I’d never heard of lavender sugar until reading this post! I’ll have to give these a try.

    I’m sorry to hear things aren’t happy-go-lucky bouncy right now. I definitely react to situations like that in similar ways… hoodies, comfort food, and needing cuddle time and regular chats with my mum. I hope things start to get brighter soon!

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    • July 30, 2014 at 10:29 am
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      It’s really easy to make your own. you just put lavender in some caster sugar and leave it alone for about a month, then when you use it let the lavender tumble in with the sugar. The sugar takes on the fragrance.

      Mum chats are definitely good!

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  • July 31, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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    shortbread is the ultimate comfort food, second only to toast (I really love toast) – there is something so soothing about its buttery sweetness and slightly crumbly texture. I hope things perk up soon.

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    • August 1, 2014 at 10:47 am
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      Thanks Bethan, you are so right, I might have to have a bite now!

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  • August 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm
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    Oh wow Steph, this looks gorgeous- and not TMI at all, the ‘waffle’ adds warmth and personality and keeps your blog genuine, rather than a cold, professional baking blog. I like it- and hope you stop feeling meh soon!xxx

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    • August 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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      Aww thanks Sarah, I never know where the share/overshare line is. Already feeling better oooo that reminds me I have something to tell you!

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  • August 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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    Love the plate! And love the sound of the shortbread too- I have some lavender sugar and it was fab with lemon (in a lemon cake I mean), but I fancy trying it in something else too.

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    • August 13, 2014 at 10:02 am
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      Thanks Maria :D Mmm lemon and lavender, shame I’ve run out of sugar now!

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