I love cooking with lavender. This Lavender, Honey and Orange Posset is a twist on my Lemon Posset recipe. Once I discovered what a ridiculously easy dessert posset is, I knew I had to try new flavor combinations.
I love lavender. I love the smell, the plants in my garden, and even the flavor when it’s infused in food. But perhaps it shines the most in desserts. Lavender and citrus is such a delicious flavor combination! And thus was born this sublime lavender, honey and orange posset. (This post was originally published on July 31st, 2013 and has been updated to contain nutritional information. As an Amazon Affiliate I earn commission on qualifying purchases.)
Is lavender edible?
Lavender is definitely an edible plant. However, you need to make sure that the lavender you purchase is organic and suitable for baking or cooking.
Of course if you grow it in your yard and are sure that it’s free from pesticides, that’s even better! Some lavender is sold for other purposes, like bath bombs, sachets or household cleaners. If you can’t source culinary lavender locally, you can find organic lavender here.
What flavors go well with lavender?
Lavender goes well with most fruits; citrus, stone fruits or berries like these Lavender Blackberry Margaritas.
Or apples, like this Apple Lavender Galette from Emily Fabulous.
Lavender pairs so well with honey! What about these gorgeous Honey Lavender Cupcakes by Caked By Katie?
How do you infuse lavender in foods?
Lavender infused sugar, honey or vinegar is very simple.
- For lavender sugar: cover a few lavender buds in extra coarse sugar crystals,. This makes a great hostess gift, present it in a simple mason jar with a pretty lavender ribbon. Lavender sugar is delicious on Lavender Shortbread.
- For lavender honey: Purchase good quality honey, pour it into small jars, and tuck a couple of sprigs of lavender into each jar. In a few days, the honey will have a delicate hint of lavender! It’s delicious in a cup of Earl Grey tea.
Lavender has so many uses beyond the kitchen.
I’m lucky to have several lavender plants growing in my yard. Since lavender is water-smart, it’s a perfect addition to dry Southern California gardens. Lavender is also known for its calming effects. Keep a small bottle of lavender oil or lavender linen mist next to your bed Mix a few drops of oil with water and keep it in a spray bottle, and then lightly mist some on your pillows at night for a soothing night’s sleep.
How to make Lavender, Honey and Orange Posset
Posset really is the easiest dessert you’ll ever make. The citrus curdles the heavy cream and sugar. It’s then chilled for a couple of hours until set. The texture is very similar to panna cotta or creme brulee, but far simpler!
- Heavy cream
- Culinary lavender
- Orange zest and juice
Bring cream to a boil with sugar and lavender. Add orange juice. Pour into ramekins. Chill.
Lavender Honey and Orange Posset
- 16 ounces heavy cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lavender bud chopped
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 Tablespoons orange zest
- 1 medium orange juiced (about 1/4 cup)
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- Bring cream, lavender, honey and sugar to a boil over a medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Adjust heat as needed to prevent cream from boiling over.
- Remove from heat. Stir in orange and lemon juices and orange zest and cool for 10 minutes.
- Stir mixture again. Pour into 6-8 small ramekins. (If you don't want bits of lavender, strain mixture first)
- Cover and chill at least 1 hour to overnight.