Recipe by SHIKAIRI
"I make this tea bread when the lavender is in bloom. Try it with fresh strawberry slices on top."
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finely chopped fresh lavender
1 1/2 teaspoons
I wasn't sure which part of the lavender plant to use in this recipe. The first time I made it, I used the blossoms, which didn't chop very well. The second time, I used the leaves, and the bread turned out much better. In fact, it won second prize at our local fair. The bread was definitely different and not something I'd want all the time, but it would make a good bread for a tea or shower and definitely improves with strawberry preserves. It's also firm enough to toast and smells delicious when prepared that way.
I substituted the butter for "unsalted butter" and used a bit less of the lavender. It's very light and not too sweet. My oven bakes quickly, so the bread was done in 25 minutes.
This bread is really easy to make and very delicious! It has a cake-like texture, but isn't too heavy or too sweet (I might use just a little less sugar next time). The lavender gives it an almost mint-like freshness that's is really quite delightful. A lemon glaze, or a bit of lemon zest in the dough would be a tasty addition. I can't wait to make it again!
I haven't made this yet, but I felt the need to help. When baking/cooking w/lavender you use the flower, NOT the leaves. The loves are used in cosmetics. It is best to steep the flower in the warm liquid (in this case, milk), than removing the flower and adding the liquid to the recipe. I am looking forward to trying this recipe.
This bread is very different and quite tasty. I also prepared a citrus glaze: 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp orange juice and 1 tbsp lavender blooms.
AS SOON AS I SAW THIS RECIPE, I TRIED IT WITH MY OWN FRESH LAVENDER...DELICIOUS TEA BREAD! I MADE THE BREAD IN SMALL LOAF PANS - CUT BACK ON THE BAKING TIME BY ABOUT 5 MINUTES OR SO....DELICIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL BREAD - I SERVED IT WARM WITH GOOD STRAWBERRY PRESERVES...VERY EASY RECIPE!
Maybe the flavour is too intense... i would put less lavander. But the taste is really interesting and unusually good!
This is more of a sweet bread such as banana or zuchinni bread beings no yeast is involved, but SO GOOD!!!
I made mine with lavender, orange thyme, lemon thyme,lemon balm & one sprig of rosemary...Sounds funny, but rosemary goes very well with citrus in my opinion,,,
Topped with seseame seeds..... It was fabulous!!!!!
Will top with a powder sugar glaze tomorrow & see how it is,,,,
Very moist, cake like bread that I will make again...
Leave it to your imagination... varations are endless!!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Lavender Tea Bread
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 64
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