Dried or fresh lavender leaves can be mixed with caster sugar to give a delicate flavour, which can be used for sprinkling on cakes and using in puddings.

For one cup of sugar use either two tablespoons of dried lavender or four tablespoons of fresh. Place in a tight-lidded container in a warm place for one or two weeks, shaking occasionally to distribute the lavender among the sugar. Sift the sugar to remove the lavender heads and store the sugar in an airtight container.

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