Monday, June 19, 2017

Pear Fig Lavender Tart Recipe


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Take a trip to Provence, the land of heavenly lavender, make a Pear Fig Lavender Tart!

Pears and figs are in season and with a touch of culinary lavender flowers they’ll make a heavenly tart! This is a very lovely recipe, absolutely divine by itself, though much lovelier with a shot of espresso, a cup of tea, or a glass of pinot noir. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1.    2 large Barnette pears
2.    3 medium-large fresh figs
3.    1 Tbsp. orange rind 
5.    1 cup fresh orange juice 
6.    1 1/4 cup spelt pastry flour (alternatively, you can use 1 cup of spelt pastry flour and 1/4 of almond meal)
7.    1 1/4 stick sweet butter (melted and at room temperature ). Vegan version, use Earthbalance butter.
8.    1/4  cup sugar
9.    1 Tsp. culinary lavender flowers (finely chopped)
10.  1/2 Tsp. culinary lavender flowers
11.  Tart pan (11 inch diameter) with removable bottom

Directions:

1.   Preheat oven to 375F 
2.   Place the tart pan on parchment paper and cut into a circle with additional 1 inch over the size of the tart pan in order to cover the tart pan’s wall.
3.   Brush the parchment paper with the sweet melted butter, speckle a few orange rind, a few lavender flower and 1 Tsp. sugar.  
4.   Wash figs and slice them gently. 
5.   Wash pears. cut in half, remove core and thinly slice them using a Mandoline. 
6.   Arrange figs in the middle of the tart pan and the pears around the figs. like a sunflower. 
7.   Sprinkle a few orange rind and lavender flowers on the figs and pears. Pic. 1
6.   In a bowl combine spelt pastry flour,1 Tbsp. sugar,1 Tsp. lavender flowers (finely chopped). Add in the orange juice and melted sweet butter.  
7.   Mix lightly to incorporate all ingredients. Do not over mix. It’ll make the tart dense.  
8.   Pour the mixture over the figs and pears and with a spatula flatten it to cover them. Pic 2
9.   Bake the tart for about 30-35 minutes until golden. Pic 3
10. Let the tart cool for 15 minutes.
11. Flip the tart over on a plate Pic. 4, remove the parchment paper Pic. 5 and let it cool for 30 minutes before serving. Pic 6

Happy Baking!

Chef Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Peach Lavender Galette Recipe

Take a trip to Provence, the land of heavenly lavender!

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Peach and lavender are in abundance in the summer and together they make a heavenly galette! This is a lovely Summer dessert recipe, absolutely divine by itself and even more enjoyable with a shot of espresso or a glass of pinot noir.
Galette Dough Ingredients:  
      1.  1 cup spelt pastry flour
      2.  1 cup almond meal
      3.  1/2 Tsp. organic culinary lavender flower dried or fresh
      4.  2 Tbsp. sugar
      5.  1 Tsp. Meyer lemon or lemon rind
      6.  5 Tbsps. cold sweet butter cut into 1/2-inch pieces
      7.  1/3 cup ice water. 

Galette Dough Instructions: Place spelt pastry flour, almond meal, lemon rind, lavender flowers and sugar in a food processor and pulse 3 times.  Add in the cold sweet butter and pulse a few more times until it forms a coarse texture.  Gradually, add in the cold water and pulse lightly until moistened. Place dough on a flat board and knead 2 or 3 times. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Pic 1.
Galette Ingredients:
     1.  2 Tbsp. sugar
     2.  1 Tsp. fresh or dried organic lavender flowers 
     3.  6 Semi-ripe medium peaches, sliced into 1/4-inch wedges
     4.  2 Tsp. Meyer lemon rind
Galette Instructions:
     1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
     2.  Roll out the galette dough about 14 inches in diameter & transfer to a baking sheet.
     4.  Arrange peaches and sprinkle Meyer lemon rinds (pic 2).
     5.  Fold the 2-inch border of the dough over the peaches and pleating together (pic 3).
     6.  Sprinkle the galette with sugar and lavender flowers (pic 3).
     7.  Bake until the crust is nicely golden for about 35-40 minutes (pic 4).
     8. Let the galette cool, garnish with the lavender sprigs and enjoy.

Happy Baking!

Chef Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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