Flowery and Buttery Goodness

If you don’t like lavender or don’t have access to food grade lavender, omit it. 

Pulverize 2 teaspoons dried lavender (with a mortar and pestle, blender, or food processor). Cream this together with 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup granulated sugar. Mix in 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour. Shape this into a ball and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour. Chilling the dough keeps it from spreading when it bakes and makes this a great cookie to use a cookie cutter with.

After the dough has chilled, roll out to about 1/4″. Cut out your desired shapes. You don’t need to leave much room on a cookie sheet between them. Cook about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool so they get crunchy.

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Mango-a-go-goes with Lime

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I often find that graham cracker crusts are a bit heavily flavored for me and then pies have to be sweeter to hold their own. Plus, the idea of a citrus fruit with shortbread makes me think of Scottish lemon curd on shortbread, which I love together. This tart is my answer to a cheesecake, but this feels a lot lighter and less sweet but still very flavorful.

Shortbread tart:

Combine 1 cup salted butter, 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. When thoroughly combined, press into a pie pan, tart pan, or a springform pan, as I used. Press as thin as you can, and leave a bit going up the walls of your dish, to hold the tart filing later. Cook at 350 for 17-20 minutes. Leave inside your baking dish.

Mango Lime filling:

Puree the flesh of two mangoes, then press the puree through a fine mesh strainer so you’re getting the smooth juice. To that juice, add the zest and juice (about 3 tablespoons) of two limes, one 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, 4 egg yolks, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Whisk that all together, then pour into your tart shell. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Cool on a rack for an hour, then in the fridge for two hours. Serve alone or with whipped cream.

Tajin Whipped Cream:

In a bowl that’s been in the freezer for at least 20 minutes, use a hand or stand mixer to whip 1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream, 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon Tajin or chili powder.

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