This is a pretty straightforward use for lavender, but it's such an assertive herb that simple, unfussy recipes seem to do it the most justice. It's also a great way to preserve fresh lavender if you can get it. If you have a choice of honey, I'd recommend one that's lighter in color and preferably derived from one type of flower. I used alfalfa, which has a clean flavor that allows the orange and lavender to shine. Lighter honeys taste more flowery, which adds a nice touch as well—enough to make me want to keep it around for all my lavender-based efforts.

Use this butter on scones, muffins, biscuits, or cornbread. Or stir it into some French-style beans or lentils. Or eat it out of the fridge feeling far less guilt than you should.

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Orange Lavender Honey Butter

About This Recipe

Total time:5 minutes
This recipe appears in: Spice Hunting: Lavender

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon of dried lavender, pulsed four or five times in a spice grinder
  • Zest of one medium orange
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of light honey
  • Pinch or two of salt

Procedures

  1. 1

    Stir all ingredients together in a bowl. Taste and adjust flavors as needed.

  2. 2

    Transfer your butter to a 12-ounce jar and store in the refrigerator. Or lay the butter out on a 2-foot length of parchment paper and form into a rough log. Fold the paper over the butter. With the back of a cookie sheet or cutting board, push the log forward while pulling on the top sheet of parchment, which will press the butter into a log. Roll the log up and twist the ends.

  3. 3

    Let your butter sit in the refrigerator overnight so the flavors can meld. It'll keep for weeks, if not longer.

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