Whenever you can make something without long contemplation and doubt, you know you’re ready to take on harder challenges. It’s funny how you think back on how you’ve grown, regardless baking or personality wise, it’s hard not to smile at the great things in life because things do get better in some way and you’ve experienced it all first hand.
This recipe was definitely a whimsical attempt to just try something with lavender. I must say, it’s great for those “I need something warm and calming to end my night” nights. I was never a huge fan of lavender but it was so cheap at the market, I couldn’t resist!
Lavender-Milk Sponge Cake
inspired by Kyra’s Hot Milk Sponge (Perfect Cakes)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (cubed)
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 teaspoons lavender peddles
1 teaspoon lemon juice
- preheat oven for 375〫
- combine milk+butter over low heat until melted
- sift flour and baking powder together, mix in lavender
- medium mixing bowl, whisk eggs until combined
- whisk in salt and then whisk sugar (as a stream) until light yellow
- add lemon juice/vanilla until smooth
- bake in muffin tins for 15-20 minutes (or until well rise, smooth, deep gold, firm in middle when touched)
[I used a 9×9 brownie pan but I would say muffin size is best]
Chocolate & Espresso Drizzle
A simple chocolate sauce. Melt a handful of chocolate chips over a bain marie, throw in two teaspoons of instant espresso and about 3 tablespoons of milk—Voila! Drizzle away!
Verdict: A soft taste but is brought out with the chocolate/espresso drizzle. IF you’d like, add more lavender but 2 teaspoons is a more subtle but evident. The milk is the less dominant flavour but it’s a great after taste. If you want a more creamy flavour, I would say cream or buttermilk would give it that richness. All in all, a very light and simple cake. It would be great with a warm fruit compote.
It’s great when you eat it warm! Nibble on it with a glass of warm milk!! Definitely calms the soul and mind.