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Vanilla & Lavender Scones

LittlePod is based in East-Devon, so scones are a must-have recipe for the website (we advise cream-first, jam second, of course!) accompanied by a pot of tea. We enjoyed these lavender infused scones for our first anniversary tea party at the Chelsea Physic Garden in 2011.



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Need some inspiration for experimenting with your pods, extracts and pastes? These recipes are tried and tested LittlePod favourites. Navigate the pages using the numbers below, or submit your own recipe to help us build our list!

Annabel's Real Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Time: 1 Hour
  • Complexity: very easy
  • Serves: 6

It’s the unparalleled smooth, unctuous and velvety consistency of this ice cream that makes it so compellingly addictive, heady with the scent of top quality vanilla, and a world apart from bought ice-cream. It is quite unlike custard-based ice creams in texture. It’s also very quick and easy to make, needing no ice cream machine, nor any stirring mid-freezing, and can be made and frozen in the same bowl saving time on washing up. Being very soft set, it can also be ever at-the-ready as it needs no advance time out of the freezer before serving and can be scooped out immediately, very useful and one less thing to have to think about! It melts faster than most ice creams though, so put it in back in the freezer in between first and second helpings of pudding! This makes a great dinner party pudding served upturned on a smart plate with sparklers and drizzled with Pedro Ximenez, rich chocolate sauce or a fruit compote. You can also add anything you like to this umbrella recipe mixture when you stir in the vanilla: shards of honeycomb, elderflower cordial and gooseberry compote, crushed pistachio meringues and Kirsch soaked Morello cherries, stem ginger and dark chocolate chunks in syrup, Armagnac-soaked prunes, swirls of homemade marmalade or lemon curd, a shot of espresso, swirls of raspberry, blackberry or mango coulis... Or use cream infused with cardamom or mint leaves, for example. Although anything with a high water content, such as fruit, will form small ice crystals and alter the scoopability!

Makes 1 pint, which feeds 6 as a pudding or 12 if the ice cream is accompanying something else decadent! The recipe doubles up perfectly.

Venison Pies with vanilla sauce

  • Time: 45 mins
  • Complexity: medium
  • Serves: 4

These hot individual pies are adapted from a Michel Roux recipe and have the addition of a vanilla and mustard sauce, which goes beautifully with the venison.

Balsamic Chicken Risotto

  • Complexity: medium
  • Serves: 2

Balsamic Chicken, asparagus and squash risotto with vanilla.

This recipe was supplied by the lovely people at Hills and Parkes Delicetessen. Join their newsletter for more where this came from.

Eggless Choc Cake

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: very easy
  • Serves: 6

Having just returned from her travels in India, Chef Manju Malhi has kindly shared this recipe for us all to enjoy.

Vanilla Maple Butter

  • Time: 25mins
  • Complexity: very easy
  • Serves: 6

In honour of Janet and Clara's forthcoming trip over the pond to New York, a sweet breakfast treat for topping your pancakes or waffles this weekend. Recipe supplied by Patricia Rain, The Vanilla Chef.