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Recipe

Lemon, Lavender, and Poppy Seed Loaf

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields one loaf

Servings: 10

Dried lavender adds a floral note to this sweet, fragrant bread that begs to be enjoyed with a cup of warm tea.

Ingredients

For the bread

  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 9 oz. (2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 Tbs. dried lavender
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. table salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbs. finely grated fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the glaze

  • 4 oz. (1 cup) confectioners’ sugar, sifted if lumpy
  • 4 tsp. fresh lemon juice; more as needed

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 330
      Fat Calories (kcal): 110
      Fat (g): 13
      Saturated Fat (g): 7
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
      Cholesterol (mg): 65
      Sodium (mg): 320
      Carbohydrates (g): 49
      Fiber (g): 1
      Protein (g): 5

Preparation

Make the bread

  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Butter and then flour the bottom and sides of a 6-cup (8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch or 9 x 5-inch) loaf pan, tapping out any excess flour.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, lavender, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until well blended.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the milk, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Whisk until blended. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Add the melted butter. Using a silicone spatula, gently fold until blended.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake, rotating halfway through, until the top is golden and a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.
  • Let cool in the pan on a rack for 30 minutes. Invert the bread and remove the pan, turn the bread right side up, and let cool completely.

Glaze the bread

  • In a small bowl, stir the confectioners’ sugar and the lemon juice until smooth, adding more juice, 1 tsp. at a time, until the glaze is just pourable. Drizzle the bread with the glaze and let it set for 30 minutes. Store, covered, at room temperature for up to 2 days.

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  • MelR | 07/28/2016

    This was SO good. I made three loaves to bring to a party and they were gone in a matter of minutes. I added a bunch of lemon rind to the glaze to make it more tart. I also crushed the dried lavender in a mortar and pestle.Guarantee you will love it.

  • Cocodrie | 02/24/2015

    My husband and I both think that this loaf cake is really good! Mine looked as pretty as the picture:) I found the lavender at Whole Foods in the bulk spice section, so was able to buy only the very small amount needed for the recipe. I'll definitely be making it again.

  • LArcher | 11/17/2014

    I doubled the recipe and made 4 mini loaves and 6 muffins. I ate a muffin just hot out of the oven without the glaze. Yum! Will definitely make again.

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