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PYO Pavlova

I made this dessert using raspberries I picked at Country Market near Bordon. I went out early on Thursday morning before it got too hot (it actually rained briefly – bliss!) and I have plenty more fruit to make some jam, which will be the first batch of the year. I love making jams and chutneys and am lucky to have been given a proper jam kettle, which I am sure will make my life much easier… I’ll let you know how it goes.

Unfortunately this pavlova disappears slightly on my white cake stand – I obviously need to add a coloured stand to my collection!

This is Nigella Lawson’s pavlova recipe and it turned out very well. Really dry and crisp on the outside but very gooey in the centre. I think maybe I have perfected small meringues too and am wondering whether they could feature in a Lavender Sugar afternoon tea at some point. They would be wonderful for a summer tea party in the garden, with plenty of fresh fruit and lashings of soft, whipped cream.

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Summer Flowers

At Lavender Sugar we always put some fresh flowers on the tea party table. This time of the year has to be our favourite with numerous things to choose from in the garden. This huge pink peony smells beautiful and looks lovely with the red roses. One good thing about the heavy rain we have been having is that I don’t feel bad about picking these enormous peonies and bringing them into the house!

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Lavender Shortbread

This is a plate of lavender shortbread baked with our own home-made lavender sugar. We got hold of the culinary lavender from just down the road at English Hampshire Lavender in Selborne. We bought some matching jars and simply mixed the caster sugar and lavender together. The beautifully perfumed and flavoured sugar is then kept in sterilised jars. These look really pretty on our stand when we are at the Maltings Market and a jar of this makes a lovely little gift. Lavender shortbread is made using our traditional shortbread recipe, substituting a proportion of the sugar with lavender sugar – easy! It makes a pleasant change and gives a lovely summery taste to complement the rich butteriness of the shortbread.

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Lavender Sugar Peg Bags

We have some beautiful peg bags for sale this spring/summer. ¬†Elaine designed and made all of these using some wonderful fabrics. The ones made with Cath Kidston’s lighthouse fabric have been very popular, and the fact that they are lined makes them even prettier! There are also some vintage fabrics combined with remnants we have collected over the years. We have peg bags made from fabrics by Elanbach, Jane Churchill and Romo to name but a few…

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Afternoon Tea in Farnham

We had an exciting meeting yesterday, looking at the design and format for the Lavender Sugar website, which will be up and running soon! The site will bring all of the details for our afternoon tea service together in one place and you’ll be able to view exactly what we can provide for celebration tea parties or simply for a get-together for a group of friends, for a lovely decadent treat…

Of course we’ll be setting up a link from here as soon as the website is ready, so you’ll be able to see more of what we do, as well as keeping up with our news and musings on the blog…

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Lavender Sugar – Made in Farnham

Recent posts have been very cake-focused, but as well as providing delicious afternoon teas, at Lavender Sugar we also design and make lovely items for your home. We will be at the Maltings Market in Farnham on Saturday 1st May (10am – 4pm) so do come and see us there.

These lavender sachets come in a bundle of three in co-ordinating fabrics and are filled with lavender from just down the road at English Hampshire Lavender near Selborne.

Our children’s cushions were inspired by finding some vintage handkerchiefs at the Maltings Market one Saturday. ¬†We also have some beautiful large lavender sachets made from linen and decorated with vintage lace handkerchiefs – a really luxurious addition to a bedroom or bathroom…

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