Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since I wrote anything. As you may recall, for awhile I was obsessed with cream puffs. Everything I saw made me immediately wonder how it would be in cream puff form. I think I’m over it now. At least for the moment. Because this summer I became obsessed with herbs.
Every year my daughter grows the most amazingly beautiful herbs. Last year her mint was so hardy it outlasted three frosts before it finally gave up and succumbed to the elements. She called it “Franken Nana”. Nana is Hebrew for mint. This year her garden was even more spectacular. We had so much of everything, even after giving a lot of it away. I was trying to figure out what else to do with all of these herbs when a friend mentioned that he had recently visited Magnolia Farms and that they had the best Lemon Thyme cupcakes. That was my eureka moment! Of course! What else should a baker do with herbs but bake with them? So I started researching recipes on good old Pinterest. I baked so many different things and combinations. The kitchen smelled heavenly!
In the end I discovered that although I had a wonderful time baking all of these things, I wasn’t real sure about the taste. I really liked the Lemon Sage shortbread, while my daughter who loves strong flavors really liked the Lemon Basil shortbread. Several other friends thought everything we made was good. However my dad, who is one of my favorite taste testers said, “Don’t make anymore of those icky things.” 🙂 So you will have to try it out for yourself. Pictures and recipes are below. Have fun!
Lemon Rosemary Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream ~ These cupcakes are so delicious! Light and lemony with a soft touch of rosemary. These were by far my favorite.
The recipe is: Meyer Lemon Rosemary Cupcakes
Lemon Sage Shortbread ~ I love shortbreads and these crisp herb flavored ones were really nice. I also made Lemon Rosemary shortbread but unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of it.
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Lemon Basil Buttercream Frosting ~ These were very interesting. The cupcakes were lovely but the lemon basil buttercream was very strong. If you like basil, you will love these cupcakes!
Here’s the recipe: Lemon Blueberry Basil Cupcakes
Lemon Basil Shortbread ~ This turned out very good! The lemon glaze makes it very lovely as well as adding additional flavor. I did not add basil to the glaze as to me the cookies were strong enough.
The recipe is: Lemon Basil Shortbread