I planted a tiny lavender plant a couple summers ago near my front steps. I thought it would be a nice thing to smell as guests walked into my house. Now that little plant has taken over about 6 square feet of my front yard and I get to cut it back from the sidewalk often. Cutting the lavender is never a job I mind as it is my favorite thing to smell outside.
I've even found some super yummy things to cook. I have made lavender ice cream and yogurt, lavender sauce, and this lavender bread. And have added it to tea and sugar too. This bread recipe has been a favorite of mine for a while. THEN I made it the other day and added strawberries and it took it over the top of yumminess. It smells wonderful, has a spongy smooth texture, and the taste is indescribable...you have to try it.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 c Sugar
5 Tbs softened butter
½ tsp vanilla
1 lg egg and 1 egg white
1 ¾ c unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup plain yogurt
1 Tbs finely diced fresh lavender leaves
½ c finely chopped strawberry
Sugar, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Then add in egg and mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl combine:
Flour, baking powder, baking soda. and salt.
Then alternately add dry ingredients and yogurt to the butter mixture. Once mixed stir in the lavender and strawberries.
Bake for 45-60 minutes in a pre-greased floured loaf pan OR
Bake for 20-28 minutes in a pre-greased mini-muffin pan until lightly browned.
Eat this slowly and enjoy as long as possible... or you could just make more.
**Lavender can be purchased from most health food stores or you can pick it from a reliable source.
I wish you enough!