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Categories: Breakfasts, Desserts

Cinnamon toast with lavender strawberries

Cinnamon toast with lavender strawberries
Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Everything seems to taste exponentially better when seasoned with fresh air and stars -- and smoke -- and maybe because it's unexpected, this is especially true of dessert. So after the grilled burgers or lamb, the chicken or ribs, why ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes, plus steeping and macerating time | Serves 4
Note: This recipe makes more lavender syrup than is needed; you can use it as a sweetener in iced tea, lemonade and cocktails.

Lavender simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh, organic or dried culinary lavender

Step 1In a small saucepan, heat one-half cup of water with the sugar over medium-high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat. Stir the lavender and allow the mixture to steep for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours. Strain it into a clean jar and refrigerate. This makes about three-fourths cup syrup; it will keep, refrigerated, for several weeks.

Lavender strawberries, grilled toast and assembly

  • 2 pints strawberries
  • 1/4 cup lavender simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh organic or dried culinary lavender
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 slices rustic bread, such as ciabatta, sliced 1/2 -inch-thick
  • 1/3 cup creme fraiche (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lavender syrup (optional)

Step 1Hull and slice the strawberries lengthwise into one-eighth-inch slices, and place in a medium bowl. Stir in the lavender syrup and lavender. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 1 hour at room temperature. (If you are preparing the strawberries in advance, refrigerate the covered bowl, then bring to room temperature before serving.)

Step 2Line a tray or baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. In small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon, then cut in the butter with a fork and mix until thoroughly combined.

Step 3Spread one side of each slice of bread fully and evenly with a light coat of the prepared butter. Flip the bread over and repeat with the other side.

Step 4Using long-handled metal tongs, place the bread slices on an oiled grill over medium heat. Grill 30 to 45 seconds to establish grill marks and allow the seasoned butter mixture to start to melt, then rotate a quarter turn and grill an additional 30 to 45 seconds for another set of grill marks. Flip the bread over and repeat with the other side. Remove and reserve.

Step 5Divide the strawberries evenly into four dessert bowls. Stand one slice of toast in each bowl. If desired, garnish with a spoonful of creme fraiche and drizzle with lavender syrup.

Each serving:
268 calories; 4 grams protein; 43 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 10 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 23 mg. cholesterol; 168 mg. sodium.
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