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A spring in my step : Honey Lavender Ice Cream

Yes, darlings, I have been over-sharing a bit lately. Or just sharing. Spreading some awareness.

But awareness is exhausting. I need a break from telling you so much about myself. Because, soon, you are going to know me better than I know myself.

And, besides, it is spring. It even momentarily was get a pedicure and dig out the sandals weather here in Chicago.

So, I dug out some spring flavors and the ice cream maker. And I made you a treat.  Read more

gluten free honey lavender doughnuts with pink frosting

Honey Lavender Doughnuts

gluten free honey lavender doughnuts with pink frostingI want to live on doughnuts. I feel like they might be the secret key to getting through the next month.

When Blondie and I were blueberry picking, the farm had herbs that you could pick too, and we grabbed some lavender because that is not in my garden. I love the scent of lavender, but had never baked with it before these doughnuts. Eat the lavender! It doesn’t taste like soap smells (in case you were worried about that). It tastes spicy and peppery, a great pairing for the flavor of honey.

My boss’s boss told me today that these were amazing, and that I could make any doughnut’s I wanted as long as they were not mushroom flavored. Next time, it will be savory doughnuts…

Looking at these, I keep feeling like they are strawberry flavored – I just colored them so I could tell them from the ginger brown butter doughnuts I made earlier on Sunday.

Honey lavender Doughnuts
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Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Mary Fran Wiley
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 12
Lavender has a bright, almost peppery flavor that complements the honey. If you don’t have a dougnut pan, don’t fret. These can easily be made in mini muffin tins as doughnut holes.
  • 50 grams (6 tablespoons) sorghum flour
  • 35 grams (3 tablespoons)sweet white rice flour
  • 20 grams (1/6 cup) tapioca starch
  • 15 grams (3 tablespoons) flax
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 125 grams (3/8 cup) honey
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/8 cup plain yogurt (not greek)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lavender

For the glaze:

  • 1/8 cup water
  • 115 grams (1 cup) powdered sugar
  • 85 grams (¼ cup) honey
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease the doughnut pan or mini muffin tin.
  2. For the batter: Whisk together dry ingredients. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine wet ingredients and beat together lightly (mixer on medium for about 30 seconds). Add in dry ingredients and mix to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl a couple of times.
  3. If using a mini doughnut pan, scoop the batter into a pastry bag or a gallon size ziplock bag and snip off the tip/corner. This will save you from a giant mess.
  4. Fill the wells slightly less than half full, or your doughnuts won’t have holes. Bake for 8-12 minutes for minis or 12-15 for full size doughnuts. They are done when a toothpick comes out almost clean. Let sit in the pan for 5 minutes before removing the doughnuts.
  5. Once you remove the doughnuts, wipe out the wells with a paper towel, and re-grease them. This recipe makes 36 mini doughnuts or 10 full size.
  6. To make the glaze: combine water and powdered sugar in the bowl of your mixer and beat until smooth. Add the honey. You can also color the glaze if you want. Transfer to a smaller, heat proof bowl.
  7. Dip the doughnuts into the glaze one at a time. If the glaze starts to set, pop it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, any longer and it might burn.

You can use dried lavender. Crush it first and only use 1 tablespoon.

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Ricotta with my mamma

I really love going home. My mom’s kitchen is twice as big as mine and it is filled with exotic ingredients and fancy pots and a tool for everything. (Yes mom, it was me that took the purple sticky rice & the cranberry beans).

But more than the fancy kitchen is the sense of home and the fun that I get to have with my mom. Talking about ingredients, one upping each other with cupcake ideas & successes – she wins this round with lemon cupcakes with a lemoncello filling and lemon frosting with another dash of lemoncello. And no, she didn’t save any for me or give me the recipe.

Tonight, because I was only in town for one night, and because she has been bragging about this home made ricotta, we made cheese. We filled the house with the smell of buttermilk and whey and now have what looks like a science experiment in the fridge. But the little bit I was allowed to sample tastes divine. It is rich, slightly sweet and almost buttery tasting. It is home made, and it is real food. It has made it into the compendium of family recipes that my dad is compiling. One day I will sell out and get a cook book deal with all the deliciousness inside it. Until then, I will I will have to tide you over with the ricotta recipe. And pictures of it on this delicious crisp bread that I picked up at the local food coop last weekend.

Buttermilk Ricotta Cheese

  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

Pour all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for a few minutes making sure that you have lots of little curds formed. Remove your pan from the heat and let it cool slowly (for about 20 minutes).

Strain the cheese through a cheesecloth lined strainer. This process takes a little while – you don’t want to put too much liquid in the strainer at any one time. If you think some curds have escaped, you can run the liquid through the strainer twice. Squeeze out the extra liquid.

Refrigerate in the strainer over night over a bowl to collect all the extra whey. The cheese will keep for about a week. Put the whey in a separate container and save to make something like my dad’s delicious english muffin bread.

I enjoyed my ricotta on a gluten free crisp bread with black berries from the food co-op and some University of Illinois Honey (as made famous on the Colbert Report). I might have died and gone to heaven. Now, go make your own ricotta and never buy it from a grocery store again.