Kadaif with Lavender Infused Cream


I was always intrigued by the taste of lavender in baking. And specially how to incorporate it to the desserts. Whether was it to add it to a flourless chocolate brownie or to a pie, everyday I tried thinking of the best way to explorate this new flavor in my kitchen. And one morning the idea came to me: making a lavender infused cream with toasted kadaif on top. Those are the perfect individual desserts to serve for a party and it is the exact amount of sweetness you want to have after a delectable meal.

For the cream:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 16 ounces of milk or non dairy creamer
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp of dried edible lavender flowers
  • 1 cup of kadaif
  • 3 tbsp of butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup of chopped pistachios

In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of hot water with the lavender and let it infused.

To prepare the cream: In the bowl of the mixer, beat the egg yolks on high speed, add the sugar and the cornstarch. Heat up the milk or non dairy creamer in a small pot over medium heat. Once the milk starts to boil, pour 1/3 into the egg mixture and beat a medium speed. Pour this mix into the pan with the rest of the milk and lower the fire.  Mix with a wooden spoon slowly until the mixture becomes bubbly and the consistency changes. Add the butter and 2-3 tsp of the infused lavender (but not the leaves).

Heat up the oven to 350. Arrange the kadaif in large baking sheet and add a few tbsp of melter butter or margarine. Toast it in the oven for about 15 minutes or until it turns light brown.

To assemble: pour cream in each ramekin, sprinkle some kadaif on top and decorate with chopped pistachios.


Vanilla cookies with banana cream

My husband actually gave me the idea for this recipe. He suggested making banana cream and I was trying to find an idea how to serve it. I made these cookies the day before in a rush so I decided that they would go great together. I recommend making the cookies a day before.

Vanilla cookies:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla extract

Banana cream:

  • 1 container of whip cream
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 bananas mashed

To make the cookies: preheat the oven to 350. Mix the butter and the sugar. Add the eggs and  vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.

In a large greased pan, lay the cookies and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Bake the cream: in a mixer, beat the cream, add the sugar and the bananas.

Start by placing the cookie flat, add the cream and top with a fresh raspberry.