~LAVENDER BREAD ~
The symbolic & spiritual connotations of bread are worldwide, history deep & culturally rich ~ Bread is also written about from Faery Myths ~ By eating bread we keep away ‘bad faery’ magic ~ coincidentally many spiritual & religious followings use bread as symbolic for purifying our souls ~ There are many different recipes for Lavender Bread ~ Here is one of my favourites with my variations ~
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons lavender honey
2 tablespoons plus dried lavender blossoms
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream full fat (8 oz container)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter ~ softened but not melted
3 large eggs lightly whisked
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
In a small milk saucepan simmer milk
add 1 tablespoon lavender blossoms.
Stir gently with love away from bottom of milk saucepan ~
Keep stirring with LOVE until honey dissolves
Remove from heat
~ cover ~
BLESS YOUR BREAD ~ Express gratitude ~
steep 30 minutes.
While steeping preheat oven to 350°F.
Butter and flour 10-cup fluted pan .
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl.
Strain milk mixture into another medium bowl
discard solids in strainer.
Whisk sour cream into milk ~ blending ~
Fluff 1 cup sugar and butter with a whisk in large bowl.
Add egg mixture 1/3 at a time ~beating until blended after each addition ~ when finished adding egg mixture
Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture in 1/3 additions 3 xs beating just until smooth after each addition but for a delicate texture, mix in the dry ingredients just until the tea bread batter is blended.
Pour batter into your prepared pan ~
smooth top with coking spatula ~
45 minutes baking time or until straw or toothpick tester inserted near center comes out clean ~
For the first 10 minutes cool your lavender bread in your pan on a cooling rack ~ Then turn baked bread into a muslin type dish towel ~ wrap the bread gently and finish cooling on rack
Take your remaining Lavender blossoms & the powdered sugar and pour into a small sieve/strainer ~
PRESS sugar mixture through strainer.
SIFT strained powdered sugar & lavender blossom mixture over your bread.
Best when cooled and served with hearty butter like farm butter or on its own.