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Mandarins With Lavender and Honey

Time 40 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Mandarins With Lavender and Honey
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
1

Warm the honey, and if you are using the dried lavender, crush it and add it to the honey. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it steep until it has a nice lavender flavor, about 30 minutes. Strain the honey before serving.

2

Peel the mandarins, and with a very sharp knife, cut them into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the slices, slightly overlapping, on dessert plates.

3

Drizzle the honey over the mandarin slices. If you have fresh lavender, gently pull the tiny blossoms from the stalks and strew them over the mandarin slices.

Alan Tangren, pastry chef at Chez Panisse, is working on the restaurant’s book of fruit cookery. He says: “We like to use mandarins in ice cream and sherbet, but some of the simplest ways are even better, bringing out the flavor of the tart fruit by combining it with something very sweet. From November until spring, we often offer a bowl with some mandarins and a few dates for dessert. Another sweet-tart combination we like is this preparation of mandarins with honey, which goes well with a buttery cookie, like the Mexican wedding cakes my friend Stephanie makes.”.

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