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Herbs & Cake (Yes, Really!)

The kitchen meets the garden in an unusual combination of sugar and spice!


5 Herbs That Can Be Used In Desserts

One of the best things about baking is the freedom it brings, isn't it? Roll up those sleeves and be as adventurous as you like! There are plenty of ingredients that can be used to make a delectable cake - including those of a natural source! Who knew that using herbs in baking could create a completely new taste sensation?! So on the topic of sugar and spice, we put our heads together and created a list of our favourite herbs found in all things baking-related! 

Mint

Mint

Mint is a classic herb, isn't it? From chopping it and mixing into a chocolate brownie mix or adding a sprig to finish off some (home made!) ice cream, mint has a cool, refreshing taste that lingers on the tongue. Depending on your preference you can either cut off the stems or leave them in for a more bitter taste! 

Rosemary

Rosemary

While we know that rosemary goes hand in hand with roast lamb on a Sunday dinner, the sharp taste and familiar aroma, makes it ideal for a biscuit recipe, too! Why not add a sprig of leaves to your freshly baked crackers or chop them finely and add them to a pie crust to perfectly complement a zesty filling? Whether you have a large garden or a window box, anyone can have a go at growing their own - we suggest hanging it in bunches to dry it in time for winter!

Lavender

Lavender

Like mint, lavender is another herb that marries well with chocolate because of its sweet and lingering taste. Perfect for summer baking, the floral scent will make for a delicious sweet or savoury bake! With bright purple blossoms, the plant can be used as a tasteful decoration - why not dot them around a tower of cupcakes? We particularly enjoy using lavender sugar, sprinkled on a dessert for extra flavour!

Basil

Basil

We love the peppery scent and aromatic flavour of basil and how it contrasts with citrus based desserts! Why not create a sorbet and garnish it with basil leaves or mix it into syrup and pour over a batch of waffles for an alternative topping to maple syrup?. We recommended keeping it as fresh as possible as dry basil loses flavour quickly.

Thyme

Thyme

No longer solely associated with savoury dishes, who knew that adding a spot of thyme to a batch of lemon cookies would make something so tasty?! Thyme also makes a great savoury biscuit component, too! We can't quite get over the taste of thyme and parmesan biscuits! 


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