I am a creature who likes her comforts. A fire to warm my toes by; a soft wool throw to wrap myself in; a hot bath to sink my body into. But my greatest comfort of all is my bed. With a squashy duvet, puffy feather pillows, a bedspread and cushions this is my haven and when I sink into it I cocoon myself. And at the end of the day this sleep-inducing drink promises to bring peace and sweet dreams.
a mug full of milk
¼ tsp dried lavender buds
sugar, to taste
Pour the milk into a small pan and add the lavender. Slowly heat it through and then sieve it into a mug, discarding the lavender. Stir in sugar, to taste. Serve warm.
Milk and biscuits, or cookies, is one of those ultimate pairings and for nursery comfort vanilla shortbread is wonderful with the lavender milk. The perfect bedtime story. Goodnight, my lovelies, sleep tight.
Vanilla Shortbread Biscuits
Makes approximately 16 biscuits
115g butter, at room temperature
55g vanilla caster sugar
150g plain flour, plus some for dusting
sugar, for dusting
Beat the butter and sugar together and then beat in the flour. Now bring the mixture together with your hands until you have a smooth dough.
Flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it. Carefully roll it out until it’s about 1cm thick and then cut it into circles using a biscuit cutter.
Preheat the oven to 150c/fan 130c.
Lay the biscuits onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and back for 20-30 minutes until just set. They will continue to set as they cool.
Turn the biscuits out onto a wire rack and dust them with a little sugar before leaving them to cool.