It’s around this time of year that childhood memories of cinnamon, vanilla, and the sweet smell of baking filled our home, and signified that Christmas was around the corner. My mom always had fruit & nuts soaking in brandy and rum by now for the traditional Christmas Cake (I was never a fan of the strong taste or the candied fruit, and would always pick them out and eat the rest, which I know probably did not please her considering the time and money that went into it 😉). Every night there was another batch of sweet goodness coming out of the oven, and to this day, it is one of the memories I cherish most about the holidays.
I have adopted a few of those recipes into my repertoire of baked goods (sans Christmas Cake), and some years I manage to get about 5-8 different cookies and sweet treats made including, Gingerbread Snowflakes, Snowballs, Thumbprint, and White Chocolate Pistachio Cranberry Bark (thank you Kimberly McLeod for getting me hooked on this easy and delicious treat!). Along with my childhood favorites, some tried and true, I always try one or two new recipes that someday may make the list. This year I am determined to get a few done before the 25th, but likely most will be done during the Christmas week just before my girls come back to BC on Dec 31, and will no doubt be enjoyed during their visit.
This year I have decided to add Salted Honey Lavender Caramels - this recipe comes from @snixykitchen and combines the sweetness of honey, the creamy goodness of butter and whipping cream, and a hint of fresh lavender with a kick of fleur de sel to compliment the sweetness.
If you are looking for some enticing recipes that include lavender, head over to my Pinterest page - I have been collecting a few savory and sweet options over the past 6 months. If you are looking for lavender buds for these recipes, I will be selling small jars at my pop up shops this season. Both links are in my bio. If you have a lavender recipe that you would love to share, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!
Happy Baking everyone!