It is citrus season. Here in northwest Montana, citrus is expensive and obviously travels a very long distance. We don’t buy much, honestly. I am blessed with a blogging friend from Texas who mails me a box of homegrown citrus every year. This year, I combined her homegrown citrus with some of my homegrown herbs for this amazing meyer lemon lavender jelly.
Sweet & Bright
The clearness of the final jelly belies the flavor within, it is anything but bland. This jelly is very sweet but the sugar does not mask the flavors of the lemons or the lavender. The flavors come through with a pleasant intensity that is perfect on toast, scones, biscuits, or heck slathered on some lavender bundt cake.
A Slow Recipe – No Rushing
These beautiful jars start with tea essentially. Don’t rush the steeping process. Let it stand for the full 30 minutes before proceeding. When straining, resist the temptation to press or squeeze the tea from the lavender and peel. This is difficult for me too, but squeezing will likely cloud the jelly. Cloudy jelly is not the end of the world but is not the goal either.
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