Lavender Orange Biscotti

biscottiWhen I brush by the lavender at Fern Creek one of my favorite summer scents follows me for a good bit–the not-too-sweet endearing and enduring fragrance of July! Judging from the bees hovering around the plants, they love it as much as we do.

I’ve been experimenting with lavender recipes in the last couple of years and have learned, among other things, that a little bit of lavender can go a long ways. This biscotti is light–not too strong in any of the flavors and with just a hint of honey–not particularly sweet, especially if you forego the optional sugar. Lavender Orange Biscotti is a perfect compliment to ice cream–or more traditionally hot chocolate, a latte, or coffee–but in July I’m thinking soft homemade ice cream that can be scooped up with bites of biscotti.

As always, adjust the lavender, orange and sugar to taste. I’ve offered ranges, and would go with the upper end of what I’ve suggested, except maybe the lavender. A little lavender goes a long ways.

Biscotti with Lavender & Orangelavender-bis1

3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1/4 c. sugar (optional for slightly sweeter biscotti)
1-2 tsp lavender buds
1/2-1 Tbsp orange zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Beat first 6 ingredients until well-blended.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to honey/egg mixture, beating until blended.
  • Turn biscotti dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat; with lightly floured hands, shape the dough into a 10-inch roll and then flatten the roll to a 1-inch thickness. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the roll from the baking sheet, and cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
  • Cut roll diagonally into 1/2-inch slices using a serrated knife. Place the slices, upright, on baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes (the cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool).
  • Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on wire rack.
  • Share and Enjoy.
  • Biscotti stores well in an airtight container for a week or two.lavender-biscotti

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