Apple and Lavender Cake

I wanted to try lavender in baking and decided to use the occasion – Groundhog Day. Why do I have a such an association – not sure, but it came out very well. Recipe adapted from Food and Family blog.

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4 oz. apple sauce or 1 large apple
1 fresh lavender flower with stalk
juice of half lemon
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup +1 tsp. sugar
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 or 2 more lavender flowers

Preheat the oven to 350F and grease and line a loaf pan.

Peel core and chop the apple and put into a small saucepan with the lemon juice, 1 tsp. of sugar, 1 tsp. of butter and the lavender flower. Cook over a low heat with a lid on for 4-8 minutes until the apple is softened or just bring to boil if used apple sauce. Leave it to cool so that the lavender infuses the apple with its flavor.

Once it has cooled remove the lavender flower and process the apple to a pulp in the food processor or omit this step if use apple sauce. Add the rest of the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder and mix to a thick cake batter. Spread half of the batter into the lined loaf pan, sprinkle some of the tiny lavender florets over it, then put the rest of the batter on top. Scatter another sparing amount of lavender florets on top then sprinkle another tablespoon of sugar over the whole surface. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Cool.

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2 Responses to “Apple and Lavender Cake”

  1. That cake looks absolutely lovely. I’ve recently started baking with lavender and am really enjoying it, but I’ll have to try the lavender with lemon. I have a sweet treaty linky on my blog every weekend called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to stop by then and link your cake up.

  2. Olga says:

    Thanks for invitation! 🙂

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