Mourn With Me

Sigh. Mourn with me — I was making a big batch (two pounds) of cashews with cayenne, honey, and lime; they would have been DELICIOUS. But I got distracted with a different piece of work at the tail end of baking, so the cashews went ten minutes longer than they should have, and that turned them black and charred and readers, they were NOT GOOD. I had to toss the whole batch, which was very sad. (Also, cashews are expensive.)

This is how I am WITH the ADD meds. Can you imagine how often this kind of thing used to happen without them? Often.

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Here you go — final count for the summer Earth Patreon box:

Brought the Team Over

All masked for interior work, per new CDC guidelines — to help me pack up the Earth treat boxes. Previously I’d done this all myself, but it’s so nice having help with it.

Five people, three hours or so, although I think we could be a little more efficient if everyone had done it before and knew where things were, etc. — there was a fair bit of training time in here. And we were learning how to shrink wrap soaps for the first time, so that was new for everyone, and a bit slow.

But regardless, much more fun to do with the team, much less tiring. I do like working with people. 🙂

Salted Honey & Lavender Shortbread

If possible, serve warm, as the combination of honey and lavender smells incredible. They taste good too. 🙂

3 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. salt
1/4 t. baking powder
1 1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. jaggery or dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. honey
1 t. culinary lavender

optional for decorating: luster dust, small grain flake salt, sanding sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside.

2. Cream together the butter, sugar, and honey. Then add flour mix slowly; mix on low until dough forms. Stir in lavender.

3. Turn out dough onto floured board. Roll flat (to desired cookie height, usually about 1/2 inch). Chill 15 minutes, then roll with embossing pin if using. Cut out shapes, place on parchment-covered baking sheet, and chill for an additional 15 minutes (to help hold shape).

NOTE: Can be kept chilled at this point for several days, covered in plastic wrap, and then rolled, cut, and baked fresh.

Alternately, press into baking pan or shortbread mold, prick with fork. You can also cut shapes out after baking — shortbread is very forgiving that way — but then the individual cookie edges won’t be browned.

4. Remove from fridge and bake for 10-13 minutes, until the edges begin to brown, then remove to wire rack to cool. Decorate if desired with luster dust, flake salt, or sanding sugar.

Cookies Three Ways

Finished set of salted honey & lavender cookies — some sprinkled with flake salt, some sprinkled with sanding sugar, some gilded with luster dust. Cookies three ways. 🙂 Recipe in next post.

Still Tasty

One more variation on yesterday’s cookies — sprinkled with a little yellow sanding sugar. I thought this might make them too sweet, but no, it’s still tasty.