17 August 2007

Sablés lavande miel

{PETITS SABLES AUX FLEURS DE LAVANDE ET MIEL} This past weekend I escaped from the city to the French countryside …. peace and quiet from all the tourists in town, cool breeze, listening to the cow bells, reading Marianne Paquin’s ‘Cueillez, c’est prêt!’ cookbook, and finding inspiration in a lavender bush!

For me lavender is the true ‘parfum de Provence’ (the perfume of Provence). However when it comes to cooking I think there should be a warning label: ‘this flower is sweet BUT strong …. therefore do not run a muck, suppress your enthusiasm to add more, or your desert will taste like a bar of soap! A little goes a long way

Sadly I did not have these words of wisdom when I first made ‘a lavender & apricot compote’…. wild horses could not have stopped me from adding an overly abundant amount of this innocent looking purple flower. The result was overwhelming and not in a good way.

Keeping this experience in mind as I read Marianne’s recipe for lavender cookies, I decided to make the recipe as follows: omitting the lavender essence as I simply didn’t have any and thought that the flowers alone would be enough. I replaced 25g of white sugar with orange blossom honey, and added a little extra flour to the dough – which instead of rolling out, I made into two long thin rolls which I chilled and then cut into circles. The result was a delicately subtle perfume of lavender, that tickles your sense as you nibble on these golden shortbreads.


  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 100g white sugar
  • 25g honey (I used orange blossom, but will try lavender honey next time)
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence)
  • 1 egg
  • 6 stalks of fresh lavender


  1. Preheat the oven 180°C (350°F).
  2. Take the butter out of the fridge, weight, then cut into small cubes and leave to come to room temperature.
  3. Next remove the lavender flowers for the stalks (if you do not have access to fresh lavender use dried) and set aside in a small dish.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, white sugar and vanilla and mix until light and creamy.
  5. Now using a wooden spoon gently add the lavender flowers and sifted flour. Using your fingers work the dough into what looks like little breadcrumbs.
  6. Next add the room temperature butter, and again using your hands work the dough until it forms a nice smooth ball.
  7. Divide the dough into two pieces, and roll each into a long thing roll (log) apporx. 4cm wide, cover in cling film and place in the fridge to chill for 1 hour. The timing here is essential as if you remove the dough too soon it will be difficult to cut.
  8. Remove the dough from the fridge and place on a cutting-board. Cut the roll into 1cm thick cookies and place on a non-stick baking sheet. You may want to reshape the edge to make the circle more perfect. Little space is needed between each cookie as they do not rise nor expand.
  9. Cook for 20 minutes and place on a cooling rack. These cookies will keep for up to two weeks in a metal cookie tin.


  1. Olivier Says:

    C’est original et le parfum est très subtil, je les adore!

  2. Erika (SWEET PEA) Says:

    ooooh merci 🙂 Je vais les faire encore tu t’inquiètes pas!

  3. Hey there Sweet Pea…first of all, am glad you stopped by my blog, so I could get to yours. Lovely lovely blog…with a great name. Love cookies, esp sables, and this recipe is great even though I wouldn’t be able to get lavender in India. Will def try it. I make all sorts of cookies, and specialise in iced cookies. Will hopefully post that soon.
    Thanks for getting inspired by my creativity…The cake is one of my favourite’s too. BTW, congrats on yr engagement…hope the plums keep rolling in!!!
    Take care :0)

  4. Erika (SWEET PEA) Says:

    DEEBA : hi thanks for your lovely comment. I too love making cookies, and look forward to reading about your iced creations – hope you put the post up soon 🙂
    As for lavender… I wonder if you could order dried lavender off the internet? Otherwise I would substitute another flower you can find in India or let me know and I can try and send you some (we will see how the post like this idea!!! ha ha)

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