May Lilac Recipes

May Lilac Recipes ~ the delicate blossoms of lilacs are beautiful, the fragrance is sweet and haunting…but did you also know that the flowers are edible?  Make the most of their short spring season with these unusual recipes.


 


 

LILAC SYRUP ~ Our Food Stories

Simple to make, your very own lilac syrup can be used in cocktails, all natural soda, baked goods, glazes and frostings.

Lilac syrup in a glass pitcher.

 


 

LILAC LEMON GRAPEFRUIT SHERBET ~ Will Frolic For Food

The unusual floral flavor of lilac pairs well with citrus ~ this lemon grapefruit sherbet with ice cream would be a refreshing springtime treat!

Lilac Lemon Grapefruit Sherbert

 


 

LILAC 75 COCKTAILS ~ Holly and Flora

It’s hard to beat a beautiful floral cocktail.  This spin on the classic French 75 is perfect for any spring gathering.

Lilac 75 Cocktails

 


 

STRAWBERRY JELLY AND VANILLA CREAM BRIOCHE DOUGHNUTS WITH LILAC SUGAR ~ Half Baked Harvest

These puffy brioche jelly doughnuts dusted with lilac sugar would be pretty spectacular on a breakfast in bed tray.

Brioche doughnuts with lilac sugar

 


 

LILAC WATER ~ Feasting at Home

Probably the simplest way to enjoy lilacs is to make this beautiful lilac water!  It’s got to be the prettiest way to stay hydrated this spring.

Lilac infused water

 


 

LILAC AND BLACKBERRY PAVLOVAS ~ Katie at the Kitchen Door

A floral note really adds something special to a classic berry pavlova, the blossoms are processed with the sugar to extract the maximum flavor.

Lilac and blackberry pavlovas

 


 

LILAC LEMON {MINI} CAKES ~ Fare Isle

Lilacs make a gorgeous garnish–try covering an entire cake top like these afternoon tea worthy lilac and lemon cakes.  They’re vegan, too!

Lilac lemon mini cakes

 


 

VANILLA ‘PETIT FOURS’ WITH LILACS ~ Rose & Ivy

Dainty lilac blossoms are a perfect pairing with dainty petit fours

Lilac petit fours

 


 

DIY LILAC SUGAR BODY SCRUB ~ Lazy Sunday Cooking

If you love the smell of lilacs, try making this sugar scrub infused with their scent ~ bath time will never be the same.

lilac sugar body scrub

 


 

LILAC HONEY POSSET ~ Gather Victoria

Lilacs are a fittingly delicate flavor for this old fashioned custard dessert.

Lilac honey posset

 


 

LILAC BLOSSOM SCONES ~ Honey & Flora

Lilac blossoms can be used as decoration but they can also be baked right into your recipes, like these pretty scones that would be just perfect for a special spring brunch.

Lilac blossom scones

 


 

SWEET PUFF PASTRY FILLED WITH VANILLA MOUSSELINE AND LILAC INFUSED HONEY WHIPPED CREAM ~ Lyndsey Eden

Lilac blossoms work well in a variety of infusions, they infuse well in cream, as well as other ingredients like honey! And if you take that lilac infused honey and make whipped cream with it…well, you can’t go wrong!

Puff pastry with lilac infused whipped cream

16 Comments

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    Mary
    May 12, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Aren’t you wonderful finding all these fascinating recipes. I have spent ages having a good read about flowers in cooking. Some of these blogs are so interesting. Thankyou!

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    Kelly
    May 7, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I love our dwarf lilac, which is not small! Particularly because it blooms a week or so after all the regular lilacs are done, therefore giving me a second chance to do the recipes I bookmarked the year before and forgot until too late! ;)

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      Sue
      May 7, 2018 at 8:33 am

      That’s so great Kelly. I hate it when I miss an important season and have to wait a whole year!

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    Monday Musings, May 7 • Nourish and Nestle
    May 7, 2018 at 7:00 am

    […] about fitting some lovely lilacs into your drinks and desserts! (yeah, I didn’t know they were edible […]

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 7, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Beautiful! My lilac bush has just started to bud, so soon I will have my hands on some. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    Colleen
    May 6, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Well..I never ever knew that lilacs were edible! No lilacs blooming around here yet. The buds are just coming on the trees now. The scone recipe intrigues me, Sue! Thanks for putting more idea’s in my head!

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    Alene
    May 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Sob! I left my beautiful lilac bushes in Virginia where we lived for 35 years. And they absolutely will not grow in our subtropical planting seasons on the west coast of Florida. Sob. But I adore your blog, so staring at your gorgeous photos will have to do.

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      Sue
      May 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      I feel your pain Alene, no lilacs here either…

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    Barbara Dockray
    May 6, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I think that your blog is the best!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 6, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Readers like you are the best Barbara :)

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    May 6, 2018 at 9:40 am

    What an amazing collection of beautiful recipes! I just happen to have a blooming lilac bush in my yard! You have given me so many wonderful ideas of ways to use it. Thanks Sue!

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      Sue
      May 6, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Perfect timing!

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    2pots2cook
    May 6, 2018 at 8:25 am

    What a collection ! Beautiful works !

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      Sue
      May 6, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Thanks!

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    SallyBR
    May 6, 2018 at 8:09 am

    OMG this is wonderful! We just grabbed a bunch of lilac flowers in our street and placed them in a vase in our kitchen, the smell is amazing!

    and I had NO IDEA they would be edible – I must experiment!

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      Sue
      May 6, 2018 at 8:18 am

      I bet you’ll have a lot of fun Sally, and I’m jealous, lilacs don’t grow well here, I miss them terribly!

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