FoodKourtney Kardashian's favourite dessert. The sweet twist of lavender

Kourtney Kardashian's favourite dessert. The sweet twist of lavender

Lavender whipped cream
Lavender whipped cream
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6:23 PM EDT, April 28, 2024

Purple flowers with a captivating scent are not only associated with cosmetics but also prove to be wonderful in culinary creations. Lavender, in particular, can elevate a simple dessert into a delectable treat that has garnered the attention of stars and celebrities alike.

A notable fan of this culinary delight is Kourtney Kardashian. Best known as the eldest daughter of the renowned lawyer Robert Kardashian and for her appearances, in reality shows such as "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and "Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami,"

Kourtney recalls an unforgettable experience with a simple yet divine dessert: lavender whipped cream with berries. This dish, prepared by her friend Jess Wolfson, left a lasting impression on her. Kardashian shares enthusiastically that it tasted like sweet lavender with the consistency of a creamy cloud and that she could eat a whole bowl.

Historically, the ancient Egyptians valued lavender as a magical plant and used its oil to anoint the deceased's shrouds. The Romans later discovered its cosmetic benefits and incorporated dried lavender flowers into their bathing rituals.

Not only appreciated for its fragrance and cosmetic properties, lavender has also been revered for its medicinal qualities throughout history. It has been a staple in traditional remedies, ranging from insomnia treatments in ancient cultures to Queen Elizabeth I's use of lavender infusions for headache relief. René Gattefossé, a pioneering French chemist and the father of aromatherapy, was captivated by lavender's healing properties following an incident where lavender oil significantly aided in recovering a burn on his hand.

Lavender's triumphant return to the culinary world is evidenced by its inclusion in desserts like the lavender-flavoured whipped cream, proving its versatility beyond its traditional uses.

Lavender – Nutritional Values

The enchanting fragrance of lavender flowers comes from their rich concentration of essential oils, boasting components like borneol, cineole, geraniol, linalool, and pinene. These compounds are celebrated for their anti-inflammatory, calming, anti-anxiety, and relaxing effects. Additionally, lavender's components can alleviate stress and serve as natural antidepressants.
Rich in anthocyanins, lavender extract strengthens blood vessel walls, enhances microcirculation, and supports the regeneration of rhodopsin in the retina, contributing to improved vision. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties also help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.

Lavender's beneficial properties extend to treating oral and throat diseases, upper respiratory infections, and inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis. It's also utilized in ointments for wounds and burns, and its inhalation supports traditional treatments for neurological disorders.

How to make lavender whipped cream

This delectable dessert begins with lavender sugar, available in speciality stores or online. However, making it at home is straightforward: mix fine sugar (1 cup) with equal parts dried lavender flowers, seal in a jar for 4-6 weeks, and sift to remove the flowers.

To prepare the whipped cream, combine lavender sugar (half a cup) with chilled heavy cream (about 4 cups) and food-grade lavender extract (half a teaspoon) in a bowl. Mix on medium speed until very fluffy.

Serve the whipped cream immediately, ideally with fresh fruits like American blueberries, ladyfingers, or crumbled butter cookies for an exquisite dessert experience.

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