Lavender Blueberry Banana Bread
Lavender Blueberry Banana Bread
If you’re searching for a unique and delectable twist on the classic banana bread, you’ve come to the right place. Lavender Blueberry Banana Bread is a delightful blend of lavender’s subtle floral notes, the zing of blueberries, and the sweet creaminess of ripe bananas. This combination creates a mouthwatering treat that’s perfect for any season. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through the process of making this delicious bread, and we’ll also delve into why lavender, blueberries, and bananas are such a surprisingly perfect trio. The recipe comes from The Lavender Cookbook by Sharon Shipley.
Why Lavender, Blueberries, and Bananas?
Before we jump into the recipe, let’s explore why this unique combination of ingredients works so well:
Lavender: The lavender lends a delicate floral aroma and flavor to the bread, adding a touch of elegance and tranquility to each bite.
Blueberries: Blueberries are known for their fruity tartness, which provides a delightful contrast to the creamy sweetness of bananas and the floral notes of lavender.
Bananas: Over-ripe bananas are a staple in banana bread recipes. They contribute natural sweetness, moisture, and a lovely, mild banana flavor.
A Note on Culinary Lavender
Before you begin, it’s crucial to use culinary dried lavender. Not all lavender is suitable for culinary purposes, and consuming non-food-grade lavender can be harmful. If you have any doubts about the lavender you’re using, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance.
In this recipe, we’ll be using dried and finely ground culinary lavender. To prepare it, follow these steps:
Grind Lavender: You’ll need a spice grinder for this step. Grind the dried lavender buds until they are very finely ground.
Sifting: Sift the ground lavender into the flour. This ensures an even distribution of lavender throughout the bread, preventing clumps.
Let’s Get Baking!
1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup (150g) sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups (250g) flour
1 tablespoon (5.62g) dried and finely ground culinary lavender
1 teaspoon (4g) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (2.85g) salt
3 large ripe bananas
1 1/4th cups (185g) blueberries
1/2 cup (42.5g) chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
Preparation: Start by greasing a 9×5-inch loaf pan and preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
Creaming Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, whip the unsalted butter and sugar until well combined and creamy.
Adding Eggs: Beat in the eggs one at a time into the butter-sugar mixture, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.
Mashing Bananas: In a separate bowl, mash the ripe bananas until they are smooth. Stir the mashed bananas into the butter and egg mixture.
Lavender Infusion: Take the finely ground lavender and sift it into the flour. Add the baking soda and salt. Mix this dry lavender-flour mixture into the banana and butter mixture, ensuring it’s thoroughly combined.
Blueberries and More: Gently fold in the blueberries, chopped walnuts, and vanilla extract into the batter.
Baking: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. If you like, you can sprinkle some additional walnuts on top of the loaf.
Oven Time: Bake your creation for 55 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cooling: Let the bread cool in the pan for several minutes before removing it from the pan. Allow it to cool for an additional 10 minutes.
Serving and Enjoying: Slice, serve, and savor every bite of this unique Lavender Blueberry Banana Bread. Don’t forget to share your thoughts with us!
This Lavender Blueberry Banana Bread is a testament to the surprising yet harmonious marriage of flavors that lavender, blueberries, and bananas create. The subtle elegance of lavender, the zesty tartness of blueberries, and the sweet creaminess of ripe bananas come together to form a delightful treat that’s perfect for any season. As you savor each bite, you’ll understand why this recipe might just become your new favorite. It’s a unique twist on traditional banana bread that’s bound to captivate your taste buds and make your home smell like a fragrant lavender garden. Enjoy your culinary adventure with this Lavender Blueberry Banana Bread!