We LOVE the Fourth of July at Sweet Laurel. It’s a summer celebration that brings everyone together for yummy food, fun, and summer festivities, what’s better than that?? Classic pies, delicious cakes, cobblers, ice cream, cookies and more! We have so many amazing and nourishing recipes for this sweet holiday, we just had to share! Whether you’re celebrating poolside, with a picnic, or barbeque, we have something for you. Check out our roundup below and enjoy!
P.S. Every recipe below is free of grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. Many are vegan as well!
I had the opportunity to meet and work with the very talented Chia-Ming Ro of Coastal Homestead in early 2021. One of my garden beds was just not happy. Plant leaves were yellowing, we weren’t sure if we were under or over waiting, and had so many questions as newfound garden nerds. Our goals were to crack the code to year round edible gardening, sprinkle in as much seed starting as possible, and figure out our soil. Enter Chia-Ming. She popped in and gave us so many tricks, and as a lady at the top of the edible gardening game, she knew just what to do. Just a few weeks later, our troublesome bed was looking glorious! I decided to ask Chia-Ming to share some of her favorite tips for edible flower gardening with us today! Hope you find morsels for your personal gardening projects! Take it away Chia-Ming!
Hello! I’m Chia-Ming, owner and founder of Coastal Homestead, and I’m thrilled to let you in on my favorite edible flowers to decorate with and how to take care of them! I chose my top 6 based on ease to grow, color, beauty on its own AND cluster. Also, most of these should be popping up in your garden now (or soon!)
First off, I want to start with some general tips for growing edible flowers:
Grow in full sun to achieve the most blooms.
If you are in a very hot climate (or attempting to grow during peak summer temps), try growing the plant in a full morning sun and afternoon part sun spot to protect the delicate blossoms.
When growing anything edible, always grow using organic materials, non-toxic containers, and avoid use of pesticides.
Often once a plant flowers, the rest of it is deemed inedible because it’s flavor changes and texture becomes tough
Chamomile is top on my list because it is such an easy and versatile plant! You can use the flowers as cut flowers, tea, or decorate with them fresh. Chamomile can be started from seed or seedling and will self-seed easily year after year.
I find Pansies/Violas to be so cheerful! The flowers look like little smiling faces and the colors are often so bright and cheery. Pansies/violas prefer cooler weather and should be planted either in the fall or early spring. If you live in a mild climate, you can try to grow them year round.
My next fav, Cilantro, is a very polarizing plant! Did you know there is a small percentage of people who find that cilantro to taste like soap? They’re missing out because the entire plant is edible and the flowers are to die for. The plant produces petite white flowers in clusters, like a small version of queen Anne’s lace. The blossoms do taste slightly like the rest of the plant so this may not go over well for those who don’t care for the herb. To grow cilantro leaf to eat, it’s ideally grown as a fall/spring crop. However, to grow it for the flowers you can grow it year round since we want the plant to bolt. Also, the seeds that form after the flowers bloom is the fresh form of coriander.
Did you know that Radishes produce flowers? “Radish” usually refers to the root of the plant, however it also produces a very dainty flower. There are 4 petals and it usually is a variation of white and purple shades. They have a slight radish flavor and add a wonderful spicy bite to salads. Once the radish flowers, the root won’t be edible. Radishes are best grow from seed because they grow quickly and do not like their roots disturbed.
Another unexpected edible flower are the flowers of plants from the Mustard family. You are probably most familiar with Kale. When kale flowers, they produce abundant small yellow flowers on a main stem. Kale eaten as a vegetable is a fall/spring crop, but if you’re going for flowers, you can grow it year-round! Plants from this family are heavy feeders, so grow it in well drained fertile soil.
Last but not least, another super easy to grow edible flower: Arugula! Most know it as a peppery salad green or leafy topper to pizza. The flowers are white pinwheels with reddish purple veins and are a lovely way to dress up salads and soup. Arugula is also easy to grow, so you can sow seeds ¼” deep in well drained but consistently moist soil.
Before I go, I’ll leave with you a few other favorite edible flowers that didn’t meet my criteria for today’s post:
And of course Roses!
I hope you’ll try a few of these out, please reach out to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or IG (@Coastal_Homestead) and let me know!
These cute little Probiotic Gummies are so easy to make and literally will make everyone in the house smile. You can be flexible with the fruit choices, Nico loves red, so we made the, bright red with the strawberry and cherry mixture. Enjoy!
*For the adorable shape, you’ll also need a Gummy Bear Mold, like this one.
Blend together the strawberries, cherries and lemon juice.
Place a nut milk bag over a saucepan, and squeeze the liquid from the blender through the nut milk bag into saucepan. Turn the saucepan onto low heat and gently whisk in gelatin, pink salt and maple syrup. After about one minute, remove from heat.
When mixture is cool, stir in probiotics. Place the liquid into the gummy bear molds. A syringe works great for this. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Remove from molds and enjoy!
This recipe for Chamomile Moon Cookies was inspired by our friend Meryl Davis and her beautiful new children’s book, “Moon Walk”. We were so excited when she approached us about collaborating, and it was a fun challenge to develop a recipe that captured the essence of her heartwarming story. These Moon Cookies are so simple to make. A perfect parent/child activity and a wonderfully calming treat to enjoy before bed with some milk or a cup of tea. I hope you adore this recipe as much as we do, but before we get to the details, I’d love to introduce you to Meryl and let her tell you more about her wonderful new book, “Moon Walk”. Take it away Meryl!
Hi everyone! My name is Meryl Davis and I’m very happy to be joining my friends at Sweet Laurel Bakery today! First, let me introduce myself a little. In 2014, my longtime skating partner, Charlie White, and I capped off our nearly two-decade long competitive ice dance career with a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Since then, we’ve been fortunate enough to share our love of the ice with skating fans worldwide as we’ve traveled with several international figure skating tours. I finally graduated with a degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2020 after chipping away slowly but surely over the years amid travel, training and competition. After finishing school, and at the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to fiddle with something I’d always wanted to embrace: writing! Now, almost exactly a year later, my first children’s book just debuted and I’m very honored to share it with you.
“Moon Walk,” is essentially a message from parent to child, or children, and is meant to act as a catalyst for openness and a trusting relationship that will continue to blossom over time. As I sat and thought about the difficult state of our world in the spring of 2020, this story came together naturally as I drew upon my cherished relationship with my own parents and the investment they began early on to ensure I knew that I could come to them with anything. Whether Covid-related or otherwise, I know that parents around the world are working to broach challenging conversations with their children and that a having a trusted parent, grandparent or guardian can make all the difference in helping young people to face obstacles that may come their way. After signing with my publisher, I reached out to the ladies as Sweet Laurel Bakery to inquire about a potential collaboration. Having been a fan of Sweet Laurel, and the inspiring women behind it, for years now, it felt like a wonderful time to connect. I couldn’t have imagined anything more magical or delicious to celebrate the launch of my first children’s book than the Chamomile Moon Cookies Laurel created to accompany this story. My hope is that both baking some delicious Moon Cookies and reading “Moon Walk” with your little one will help to facilitate some special memories and quality time for you to share. Happy baking and reading! Best, Meryl xo
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup melted coconut oil or avocado oil
1/4 100% maple syrup
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon crushed chamomile (I used chamomile from a tea bag)
In a bowl, stir all the ingredients together until dough forms. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cutting board, and place dough on the parchment paper. Top the dough with another sheet of parchment paper, and roll out dough with a rolling pink unit about 1/2 thick.
Place the dough in fridge for about 20-30 minutes. (This is a great time to make your buttercream!)
When you are ready to cut out your cookies, preheat oven to 350 and prepare a cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper. Remove the dough from fridge and take off top layer of parchment. Using a biscuit cutter, circular cookie cutter or a small cup, press round circle shape into the dough. To make crescent shapes, using a metal spatula, take one of the cut out circles and place on a cookie sheet. Using the same circular cutter, press the cutter about 1/2 inch from the edge of the circle, making a ‘crescent moon’ shape. Repeat with other circles. You can mix up your circle patterns! Any scraps can be re rolled out, refrigerated for a bit and then pressed.
Bake cookies for about 5-8 minutes. The crescent shapes tend to bake fast so watch them
To make the coconut buttercream –
Mix all ingredients except turmeric over very low heat. Allow to cool. *If too thick, add a bit more coconut milk.
If you’d like your icing to be a soft yellow, whisk in turmeric to color the buttercream.
Decorate your cookies with icing and top with fresh, organic chamomile flowers!
There you have it! My favorite new bedtime treat, Chamomile Moon Cookies.
Click here to purchase “Moon Walk”. I can already tell it will be a family favorite!
Claire and I grew up sipping from teacups and brushing crumbs off our skirts. Our mothers love afternoon tea, part of any good tea party is, of course, scones! We like our scones the old-fashioned, British way: not too sweet, with a tender tasty crumb.
So we’re beyond excited to now offer a Sweet Laurel Scone Mix! Our vegan and grain-free Scone Mix is absolutely delicious! Made with a blend of almond and coconut milk powder, this dry mix makes 8 scones, perfect for your next tea party. These should be served with plenty of coconut whipped cream, jam, and lemon curd! See below for a helpful guide to baking our scone mix, as well as ingredients and directions for all the necessary tea party trimmings!
*For a full Sweet Laurel Afternoon Tea, pair your scones with the Tea Sandwiches on Pg. 208 of Sweet Laurel Savory, and enjoy one of our lovely teas: Lavender Earl Grey, Hibiscus Rose, and Turmeric Chai.
Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium sized bowl, add dry mix, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. Stir into a tacky dough. Press dough down to form a circle about 2 inches thick. Cut into 8 wedges. Spread the wedges onto baking sheet & bake for about 12-15 minutes. Enjoy with cup of tea!
Fresh Berry Jam
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or blackberries (or a combination)
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the berries, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Cook, stirring and mashing the berries, for 8-10 minutes, until the juices have been released and thickened. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the jam to cool.
Transfer the jam to a glass jar. Refrigerate until ready to use, for up to 5 days.
3 large eggs
2 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
*Because you want this spread to be a pretty bright yellow, be sure to use A-grade maple syrup that is light in color. This recipe is quite tart, so if you prefer it sweeter, feel free to add an extra tbsp of maple syrup.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, and honey. In a small bowl, stir together the lemon juice and coconut oil.
2. Pour the egg mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until it begins to thicken, 10 to 15 minutes. Do not overcook, as the eggs will become lumpy. Slowly stir in the lemon juice and coconut oil and cook, constantly whisking, until the mixture thickens further, another 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re not sure if it’s thick enough, stop stirring for a few seconds and see if large, slow bubbles form on the surface. It should have the texture of loose pudding. Do not boil.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a glass jar. Let cool, then slowly fold in the elderflower syrup. Store in a glass jar for up to one week.
Coconut Whipped Cream
1 can coconut milk or cream, refrigerated overnight
After the coconut cream has set in the fridge overnight, the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Open cans of coconut cream and remove the solid coconut cream that has risen to the top of the can, and spoon it into a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the coconut cream on high speed until it begins to thicken and peaks form. the remaining coconut water can be added, a teaspoon at a time, if the whipped cream is too thick. Otherwise, discard it. To mix by hand, or for tips/tricks, see this Instagram tutorial!
Using a rubber spatula, slowly fold in the maple syrup and vanilla. transfer whipped cream to a metal or glass bowl, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
I hope these recipes help you have the loveliest and most nourishing at-home tea party!