Rosemary & Lavender Shortbread Cookies

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Rosemary & Lavender Shortbread Cookies
A deliciously herbal shortbread that is perfect for just about any occasion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8" tart pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flours and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until fully incorporated and airy, about 1 minute. Add the rosemary, lavender, lemon zest, vanilla and salt to the sugar and butter and mix until incorporated. With the mixer running, slowly add the flour over low speed until just incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. There should be clumps of dough at this point.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tart pan and press down lightly with your hand to smooth the surface. The bottom side of a measuring cup is another good way to pat down the surface. Using the tines of a fork and pressing down so you hear the metal tap against the pan, prick lines of holes in the dough to create a dozen wedges. Finish by pressing the bottom of the tines horizontally around the edges of the dough.
  5. Bake for about 23 minutes or until the edges have just started to turn golden but the center is still pale. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Then, using a knife or bench scraper, cut the shortbread along the pricked lines. Allow to cool a bit more in the pan and then carefully lift the pieces out using a spatula or cake server and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes
  1. These cookies are based on Dorie Greenspan's "Rose-Hibiscus Shortbread Fans" Recipe
  2. You can omit the rice flour and use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

Garam Masala Apple Quick Bread

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Garam Masala Apple Quick Bread
A slightly sweet, slightly spiced quick bread that is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 350°F. Line a 9- by 5- loaf pan with a 9 inch aluminum foil sling so that the ends of the foil hang over the sides of the pan (making it easier to remove the loaf after it is done baking). Spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, garam masala, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs until fully combined. Whisk in agave, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir apples into batter until evenly distributed.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake bread until golden and a cake tester comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. If you have a thermometer, I baked mine until it was 195°F and it came out moist.
Recipe Notes

I haven't tried these substitutions, but I am assuming you can use all-purpose flour for the spelt, honey or maple syrup for the agave and possibly coconut oil for the vegetable oil. Let me know how they work if you try it!

Peach Leaf Ice Cream

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Peach Leaf Ice Cream
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine the milk and cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring often, over medium heat. Add the peach leaves and submerge as much as possible under the liquid. Allow to steep for 5 minutes and then promptly remove with a slotted spoon.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs and salt until fully combined. Ladle about 1/2 cup of the steeping liquid into the egg-sugar mixture and whisk to combine. Repeat with another 1/2 cup, whisking to combine. Then pour in the remaining liquid and whisk to combine again.
  3. To make the custard, set up a double boiler (see recipe notes for additional details). Place the bowl with the milk-cream-sugar-eggs mixture over a saucepan with 1-2" of simmering water and stir constantly, ensuring that you get into any corners or edges of the bowl. This is where an instant read thermometer is a must - you will want to test the temperature every couple of minutes until it reaches 175°F (it should take about 10-15 minutes). If you don't have a thermometer, you can always test your luck and do it by sight. You will want to cook it until it reaches a nappe consistency - dip a spoon in the custard, turn it over and draw your finger across the back. If you have a clean line, it's ready. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract, stirring to combine. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Allow to cool on the counter and then transfer to the refrigerator until completely chilled - 8 hours to overnight.
  4. To make ice cream, follow the manufactures instructions for your ice cream maker.
Recipe Notes

Using a double boiler is the best way to slowly cook a custard without the danger of curdling. To set it up, find a medium to large saucepan that will hold a mixing bowl on top while maintaining 2-3" between the bottom of the bowl and saucepan. Ideally, the majority of the sides of the bowl will set inside the saucepan (if only the bottom of the bowl sits inside the saucepan, it will take for.ev.er to cook).