I recently got my summer edition of BBC’s good food magazine and as the weather has been pretty rubbish up here in Scotland this summer, it certainly brightened my day up as is was pushed through the letterbox.
My subscription comes courtesy of magazine.co.uk who kindly gave me the subscription in return for me writing some posts about the magazines I get. I love my food magazines and spend ages pouring through them. I also like adapting recipes from them!
In the good food magazine I saw a recipe for chocolate and coconut bars which did look delicious, but I had ideas… I had bought some lavender sugar the week before and I was dying to try it, so I decided to swap half the caster sugar in the recipe for that. Then I decided to add, instead of dried berries, some dried lemon peel I had in the cupboard. You could substitute any lemony jelly type sweet also, if you cut it into little bits here. Lemon and lavender are a great flavour combination.
Lastly instead of milk chocolate I went for white chocolate to sweeten things up more. The bars are made from egg whites, desiccated coconut and some other bits. The bars are very crumbly when baked and cut up, but that adds to the rustic nature.
The coconut texture is quite macaroon like (not to be mistaken with macaron!) and the flavours of lemon and lavender really brighten these little bars up.
If you would like to make lavender sugar, simply add some sprigs of dried lavender into a jar of sugar, like you would for vanilla sugar. The longer you leave the sugar, the more permeated it becomes with the lavender flavour!
Thanks again to magazine.co.uk for the subscription. If you would like to receive your magazines through the door, or gift a subscription to someone (it really is the gift that keeps on giving!) follow the link to magazine.co.uk.