Lavender Tea Bread

This Lavender Tea Bread is a moist and sweet tea loaf, perfect for afternoon tea or simply to celebrate when the lavender blooms. Delightfully rich with butter and lavender cream, and unforgettable with the vanilla flavoring.

Whole Lavender Tea Bread on a White Platter

When is Lavender Tea Bread Served?

Traditionally, tea bread is served at room temperature with a side of butter. It draws heritage from Britain and Ireland, specifically from Irish barmbrack to Welsh bara brith and Yorkshire tea bread.

While this tea bread deviates from tradition as it does not contain “tea,” it does container lavender. And lavender is delicious brewed for tea.

Thus, it qualifies as tea bread… in my book. Don’t forget your cup of tea while enjoying thick or thin slices of Lavender Tea Bread. With butter… or without.

Vertical view of Lavender Tea Bread

Lavender

I like to use fresh ground lavender in this recipe as I have easy access to a lavender farm. However, dried lavender works great too. 

In the recipe, I’ve given a range of 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried lavender. My guys aren’t super fond of lavender. When I use 1 teaspoon of dried lavender, they eat it faster than I can slice it.

Otherwise, I like to add 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of dried lavender. 

Bundles of Fresh Lavender

How to Prepare Lavender

Like rosemary leaves, lavender buds are often a bit coarse. Chop or crush the buds with a mortar and pestle or in a food processor until coarsely ground.

Mason jar with Homemade Vanilla Creamer

Creamer or Milk in Lavender Tea Bread?

One day, after visiting my favorite lavender farm, and craving my favorite tea bread, I discovered I had run out of milk. What I did have was vanilla creamer. It was an amazing substitution that added a sweet vanilla flavor to an already delicious tea bread.

If you want to make your own, we have a recipe for a Homemade Vanilla Creamer. Otherwise, a store-bought vanilla creamer is wonderful too.

No creamer? Substitute with milk, cream, or half and half. I do like to add an additional 1/4 cup sugar if I’m using milk.

Sliced Lavender Tea Bread

More Afternoon Tea Recipes

Sliced and Stacked Lavender Tea Bread with Iced Tea

 

Vertical view of Lavender Tea Bread

Lavender Tea Bread

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This Lavender Tea Bread is a moist and sweet tea loaf, perfect for afternoon tea or simply to celebrate when the lavender blooms. Delightfully rich with butter and lavender cream, and unforgettable with the vanilla flavoring.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup vanilla creamer (or milk)*
  • 1 to 2 tsp dried lavender (1 Tbsp. fresh lavender)
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray with cooking spray or butter and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine the vanilla creamer or milk and lavender in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until it just begins to simmer; remove from the heat and cool slightly.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer or stand mixer. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until the batter is light and fluffy; stir in the vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the butter mixture alternately with the lavender cream until just blended; pour into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean. Let cool in the pan a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool.
  6. Make the glaze: Combine the powdered sugar and water until the desired consistency is reached. Spread the glaze over warm or cool cake. Cool completely before slicing.

Notes

Milk

One day, after visiting my favorite lavender farm, and craving my favorite tea bread, I discovered I had run out of milk. What I did have was vanilla creamer. It was an amazing substitution that added a sweet vanilla flavor to an already delicious tea bread.

If you want to make your own, we have a recipe for a Homemade Vanilla Creamer. Otherwise, a store-bought vanilla creamer is wonderful too.

No creamer? Substitute with milk, cream, or half and half. I do like to add an additional 1/4 cup sugar if I'm using milk.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

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