Honey Lavender Whipped Cream Cheese Spread
The delicate floral flavor of this dish originates with lavender blossoms steeped in hot cream with honey. The result? A spread that transforms hors d’oeuvres, cornbread, sandwiches or a simple slice of toast into a sweet, earthy treat.
- 8 ounces Challenge Cream Cheese, room temperature
- 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon honey, plus a small amount reserved for garnish
- 1 Tablespoon lavender, roughly chopped plus a small amount reserved for garnish
1Combine the heavy cream, honey and lavender in a small sauce-pan and heat on low until the honey is completely dissolved. Whisk or swirl the mixture gently while heating to prevent any scorching.
2Strain the mixture into a small cup and place in the refrigerator to cool.
3After about 20 minutes in the refrigerator, your flavored cream should be cool to the touch. If the cream is completely cool to the touch, continue. If not, wait a few more minutes.
4Place tempered cream cheese and the flavored cream into a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
5Whip the cream cheese on high until it becomes light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.
6Transfer the cream cheese to a small condiment bowl, garnish with some of the remaining lavender and a drizzle of honey. Serve at room temperature with warm cornbread, toast or biscuits.