After taking a break for a few days to live life in the Florida Springs, I have resumed my goal of eating lavender somehow, some way, for seven days (with mixed results). Today is a winner. How could chocolate with a hint of anything ever go wrong?
After deciding I don’t like the texture of the dried lavender flowers between my teeth, I decided to strain them after putting them in a double boiler along with some butter and sweetened condensed milk before adding the chocolate. The result is a simple to make fudge with a hint of lavender, which is neither overpowering nor does it taste like soap.
I made it in a 9 x 9 inch square pan, but I think it would be better a little thicker in a 8 x 8 inch pan instead.
For those of you brave enough to give this a whirl, here is the recipe:
16 ounces chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet but next time I might try dark chocolate)
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 Tablespoon dried lavender flowers (or 3 Tablespoons fresh0
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- Melt everything together butter, lavender flowers, and sweetened condensed milk in a double boiler. When melted, stir for about five minutes, then strain. Add the strained mixture back to the double boiler and add chocolate. Stir until smooth and melted. REALLY smooth and melted (almost glassy).
- Pour into a pan lined with wax paper (approximately 9″ x 9″). Cover with Saran Wrap. Chill overnight.
- Cut into 1″ squares.
- Sprinkle fresh lavender sprigs on top layer to decorate if available!
Life is good; live life fully. Carpe diem, friends……….
lavender plant:dreamstime photo