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Holiday Baking with Lavender

We’ve  started our holiday baking with a few of our favourites from mouth watering shortbread to chocolate fudge. At Serenity Lavender we’re always experimenting and adding lavender to different recipes to see how our favourite herb accents a recipe.  Like anything in life,  we’ve had some huge successes and then some less than stellar results.  Over the next several weeks on Sundays we’ll be sharing some of our recipes that have been great hits and sure fire crowd pleasers.  Today we thought we’d start with a classic – Lavender Shortbread! Buttery crisps  with a hint of floral and citrus notes that turns this old family recipe into something spectacular!!

 

Servings: 5 dozen cookies 

Ingredients

1 lb unsalted butter, softened

1 cup icing sugar

2 teaspoons Serenity Lavender culinary lavender (ground)

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup rice flour

½ teaspoon salt

 

Preparation
Preheat oven to 325°F.

Cover bottoms of two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, lavender with an electric mixer. Mix until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add all purpose flour, rice flour and salt and beat until incorporated. Divide dough in half. Flatten into squares and wrap in plastic. Chill until firm. On a floured board, roll each square to a thickness of 3/8 inch. Cut with cookie cutters and place onto baking sheets, spacing cookies about 1 inch apart.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until pale golden around the edges. Cool then transfer to a rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Store in an air tight container.

 

 

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Expansion nearing completion

North 42 Degrees Estate Winery and Serenity Lavender Farm

We are getting excited as the new building is entering its final completion stages. The new retail display racks and furniture is  ordered and scheduled to arrive next week.   For those who haven’t heard we have built a brand new  hospitality centre the will be home to  Serenity Lavender Farm, North 42 Degrees Estate Winery and Bistro 42.  Yup we have a brand spanking new space that is full of natural light to show off our fantastic lavender themed giftware, handmade artisan soaps and body products and our expanded line of lavender culinary goodies that we will be creating in our own kitchen. More on that in our next blog post. We’ll have access to a  private room with spectacular views of the vineyard and a  roaring fireplace for our craft classes.  So stay tuned for more details. But today we just wanted to update you on our progress and share a few photos of what is to come at Serenity Lavender Farm.

 

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Learn to Make a Snowman Wreath

Make a beautiful snowman wreath on Sunday November 26th at 2 pm in our new Serenity Lavender North 42 Degrees Hospitality Centre.  We’ll be using white deco mesh accented with lots of green and red ribbons and other accessories to beautiful your doorway this holiday season. All supplies are included and you’ll go home with a beautiful completed wreath. The class cost is $65.00 plus HST and is limited to 10 people so register today.

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Bows Bows and More Bows

Who wants to make the perfect bow this gift giving season? Come join us and you’ll learn to make a wreath bow, flower bow, layered bow and a scrap bow. Yes, a bow from all those scraps of ribbon that you just can’t bear to throw away. All supplies are included (but you can bring those scraps and we’ll help you turn them into something beautiful). Tickets are $45.00 per person A cozy fireplace and great conversations are included. This class is being offered on December 10th at 2 pm

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Holiday Wreath Workshop Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.

We’ll be making this gorgeous grapevine wreath adorned with beautiful silk flowers, pine cones and other accessories to make your home extra special this holiday season. In this class you will not only learn to make a grape vine wreath from scratch but also a gorgeous decorative bow and then take home your beautiful creation. This class is limited to 10 participants and is $85.00 plus HST

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Bows, bows and more bows – Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Who wants to make the perfect bow this gift giving season? Come join us and you’ll learn to make a wreath bow, flower bow, layered bow and a scrap bow. Yes, a bow from all those scraps of ribbon that you just can’t bear to throw away. All supplies are included (but you can bring those scraps and we’ll help you turn them into something beautiful). Tickets are $45.00 per person A cozy fireplace and great conversations are included.

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Pinecone Topiary – Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

Spend a Sunday afternoon in front of our fireplace learning how to create an elegant pinecone topiary. Participants will be shown all the know-hows and tips for creating a stunning topiary perfect for holiday decorating. The finished topiary may be used as a centerpiece on your table, placed on a mantel, or given as a gift. All materials are included. This workshop is limited to 10 attendees. $65 per person.

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Lavender Berry Crumble

Ingredients

Filling

1 3/4 cups of your favourite berry — frozen is fine, try it with a blend of berries!

Crumble

1/2 cup plain flour
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp demerara sugar
4 tbsp chopped hazelnuts or almonds

 

Syrup

1 teaspoon Serenity Lavender Farm culinary lavender buds
6 tbsp caster sugar
2 thin strips of lemon rind
6 tbsp  water

Make the Syrup
Combine ingredients for syrup in a pan and stir over medium-high heat until it boils. Let boil for 5 minutes, remove from heat and cool.

Make the Crumble
In a mixing bowl, add the butter in small pieces to the flour, mixing with your fingers. Add the sugar, continue mixing until you have a crumble. Gently mix in nuts (Oats can be substituted for nuts).

Put it all together
Preheat oven to 350° F
Add your berry mix to an ovenproof dish (or divide evenly between ovenproof ramekins). Remove the lemon rind from the syrup and pour over fruit. Top with the crumble mixture and bake for 30 minutes or until crumble is brown and toasty.

Serve with cream, whipped cream, or ice cream. Sprinkle with lavender buds for a beautiful finish!

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July 12 – Lavender Wreath Workshop

 

Spend a fun evening creating your own Lavender Heart Wreath! Made with fragrant bunches of lavender , your wreath will hold it’s scent for years. Participants will be shown all the know-hows and tips about creating the perfect lavender wreath. The finished wreath may be hung on a door on used as a centerpiece on your table. All materials are included: locally grown lavender, heart shaped grape vine form, florist wire, and ribbon. This workshop is limited to 10 attendees.

$80, includes all materials. Advance registration required, click here to register.

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