Wow, it’s literally been 4 months since I last posted. Dang, now that I think about it, a lot has changed in these four months! I finished my first year at college, started a research position at my school, and learned that cleansing is so not the way to go (see last blog post jaja). One thing that has not changed, though, is food heh. Still cooking, still eating.
This blog post is on Lavender and Vanilla Bean Biscotti. This shows that you can eat dessert and live healthily. I think it’s really important to know what’s going in your food and avoid unnecessary additives. This recipe is so simple and contains so few ingredients that you know exactly what you’re getting! Also, the awesome thing about biscotti is that since you bake it twice (da definition of biscotti), you don’t needed added fat. Read on for summer yummies.
Recipe: (Makes 12 mini biscotti)
1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 level tsp. lavender buds, crushed*
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup packed vanilla sugar**
2/3 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 300F
- Whisk egg, inside of 1/2 vanilla bean, and lavender buds in a small bowl
- Mix together flour, vanilla sugar, baking powder, and kosher salt in a large bowl
- Add egg mixture to dry mixture and mix until uniform (don’t overmix!)
- Form the dough into a flat loaf shape (3 inches wide and about 1/2 inch high)
- Bake for 30 minutes at 300F
- Then reduce oven temperature to 275 and bake for 10 min
- Lastly, increase the oven temperature to 325 and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden-brown
- Transfer to a wire rack and they will crisp up when cooled!
WEEEEEE! Hope you love these flavors and this sweet snack! Be healthy and happy 🙂
*Two things! One, lavender buds are hard to find at your regular grocery store so you might have to try a grocery store that has a gourmet products section (or a tea shop!) Two, make sure to crush lavender buds so that they are not overwhelmingly floral. To crush them, just chop them up with a large knife and crush with the flat side of the knife to break up even more.
**Vanilla sugar can be made by putting granulated sugar into a jar with empty vanilla bean pods. If you don’t have vanilla sugar, just mix granulated mixture with 1/2 tsp vanilla extract!