Ariel’s Lavender Honey Vanilla Cheesecake

Cheesecakes, Desserts | December 25, 2018 | By

We went out for a family lunch two days before Christmas this year and my daughter requested a “special” cheesecake for the holiday.  When I pressed her to be more specific, she made a vague hand gesture and said, “Maybe something lavender…”  After further brainstorming, I suggested lavender, honey and vanilla, and something beautiful was born.

Lavender is actually 47 species of flowering plants in the mint family that are believed to promote calmness and wellness.  For culinary purposes (including teas), English lavender (L. angustifolia) is normally used.  For this recipe, I used the buds only. I really like this Pelindaba organic culinary lavender.  I also included a different organic option below that will work.

I also used vanilla bean paste, which is something that I have never seen in a grocery store.  You can buy organic vanilla bean paste through Amazon at this link.  I will include links to a couple of different options at the end of this blog as well.

In retrospect, I might also have added just a bit of beet juice to the batter to produce a lavender color, and I think that this cake would look spectacular with some candied violets on top.

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