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Chef Shares 5 Must-Have Ingredients for Dessert Lovers

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2. Dried Lavender

“I fell in love with lavender after living in California. The smell reminds me of my trips to beautiful Bug Sur, where the wind carries this hypnotic scent,” says Ameen. “Used sparingly, dried lavender enhances food with a mysterious and distinctive flavor. I love to steep it in cream to pair with berries, a sugar syrup for a tart and refreshing lemonade, or combined with a crunchy sugar to top off cookies or a simple pound cake.”

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8:13PM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

Lavender cookies are very nice.

8:46PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

...noted...

7:47PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

The only candied fruit I like is crystalized ginger (I know ginger is not a fruit)

12:33PM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

8:38AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Apparently I have much simpler tastes than most chefs. I have no desire to put candied fruit or citrus into any dessert. Lavender sounds unappetizing - but I could be wrong. Cardamom sounds like a good addition, as does the vanilla sugar. I don't know what the 'flower of salt' would add - I use very little salt.
Guess for me I'll stick with my plain, ordinary desserts that I know and love.

3:21AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thank you :)

8:41PM PDT on May 26, 2013

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1:28PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Lavender is ALSO used in the French herb blend known as "Herbes de Provence."

11:54AM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thank you Ann, for Sharing this!

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