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One of my readers turned BFF (Hi Laura!) asked me why I was growing lavender. Actually, she said something like this, “Why are you planting lavender seeds? Are you going to start making your own scented candles?”  Since she thinks I’m some kind of Martha Stewart-esque overachiever, I sensed some sarcasm in her tone.  I reassured her that I’m growing for two non-candle making reasons: 1. It’s pretty. 2. You can cook with it.


Actually, I decided to grow it based on this recipe (appropriately from Martha Stewart).  I’d never cooked with lavender but was anxious to try it.  Since peaches are not in season, I thought I’d try All Recipes’ Lavender Tea Bread. It’s a pretty easy recipe that involves infusing milk with lavender, mixing up a delicious batter, and 50 minutes of baking. It calls for fresh lavender, but I used dry (not after this summer!).  If you decide to use dry, cut it down to 1/3 of what the recipe calls for.


What did I think? Eh, I’m not sure this herb is for me.  I had high hopes for it.  The pre-baked batter taste spicy and had hints of cinnamon and lemon.   However, I couldn’t break away from the haunting memory of lavender slippers that Chris gave me when we were dating. Baking just intensified that.  It also gave me lavender breath, which is definitely better than bad breath, but it felt like I had been chewing on house shoes.  I don’t think I’m done with lavender;  I just want to mix it with other flavors, like peaches and cornbread.


  1. MommyAmy

    So funny, I just blogged about this same recipe on Monday! I agree, I’m not so sure I love lavender as a flavor. As a scent, it’s sublime! And my house smelled totally amazing while this bread was in the oven.

    I’m planning to attempt another lavender recipe called Lavender Honey Bunches this weekend, and in fact, I’m giving away a batch to a lucky reader. So if you’re interested in tasting (but perhaps not making) them then feel free to enter my little contest on my blog. :)

  2. Jennifer (mom)

    Because of your entry, I bought a lavendar plant today at Home Depot. It cost $3.49 for one little plant so I hope it makes it.

  3. Amanda Cordova

    Hey! I googled your name to find your blog (don’t think I am a stalker, haha:) because I was interested in checking it out and just love it, hope you don’t mind if I put you on my blog roll. You are the bread making queen…this lavender tea bread looks just lovely!


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