Molasses Herbs de Provence Bread That Will Delight Your Senses!

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Winter is the time of year when I enjoy baking most of all, because time has slowed down a bit, and I spend much of my time inside out of the cold weather. While I make plans for the season ahead, I enjoy savoring my moments in the kitchen with my hands “in the dough”. Then my husband & I reap the benefits of this heavenly aroma that swirls through my house..awww… the soul of Provence in warm bread, the best Aromatherapy!!!

I have always savored the deliciousness of warm baked breads!! This recipe was given to me by one of our wonderful customers that visited our lavender farm last year. She purchased some of our culinary lavender, Provence, and was excitement about the possibilities of cooking with lavender. A few days later I received this recipe in my email. She told me that she couldn’t wait to try it with the addition of Provence lavender.  Wow, was I ever grateful that she would consider sharing her Mother’s recipe with me! 🙂 I have revised it just a tad with the addition of Herbs de Provence, our own Hood River Lavender Spice Blend. The combined flavor of molasses and herbs de provence gives this bread an amazing delightfully sweet herby scent and flavor! And sunflower seeds add a yummy nutty texture! This is one of my favorite breads to serve with soup, beans or grilled cheese sandwiches on a cold winter day. It doesn’t last long around my house 🙂 Enjoy!

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Molasses Herbs de Provence Bread
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
 
This Molasses Herb Bread has a slightly sweet, delicious herby flavor with the combination of molasses and herbs de provence, making it a delightful treat with any meal. There's nothing like the fabulous aroma of fresh baked bread that fills my home & tummy...I'm drooling again!! Enjoy!!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons HRL Spice Blend - Herbs de Provence
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • ½ cup Steel Oats
  • ⅔ cups sunflower seeds (more if you like)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 4 cups unbleached white flour (more or less,I used ½ cup buckwheat flour, 2 cups whole wheat)
  • 1 egg (beaten & brushed on top before baking)
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds (sprinkled on top egg)
Instructions
  1. Place boiling water in a large mixing bowl (I use my KitchenAid bowl) add steel oats, and 2 cup oatmeal and let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Proof the yeast: Place ½ cup lukewarm "to touch" water into a small bowl and add 1 tablespoons each molasses and whole wheat flour. Allow to sit until liquid is foamy, about 35 minutes.
  3. Add the yeast liquid into large mixing bowl with water & oats, first testing the water with your finger, making sure it's "lukewarm". Pour the yeast liquid in, and add other ingredient: salt, olive oil, HRL Spice Blend (Herbs de Provence), sunflower seeds, and 1 cup whole wheat flour, mix for 5 minutes on medium speed, scraping down sides once.
  4. Add remaining flours,1 cup at a time & continue adding flour until dough pulls away from sides of mixing bowl. Let dough rise inside this same bowl, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 1-3 hours or until dough has doubled in size. Turn dough out onto a floured counter-top, and knead 6-8 times, divide dough in half and place in oiled loaf pans or shape into round loaves and place on cornmeal covered cookie sheet about 2-3" apart. Score the top of loaves with a sharp knife "X", brush tops with beaten egg, and sprinkle sesame seeds or oatmeal on top. Allow loaves to rise again until doubled in size 30 minutes. Preheat oven 425 degrees. I place my loaves on a separate cookie sheet covered with cornmeal, and let them rise 30 minutes. Then I gently slide the loaves onto my Baking Stones that are inside the oven preheated. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the loaves are well browned and sound hallow when tapped with your finger.
  5. I Love Baking Bread because it's such a creative art with the most delightful aromas and delicious flavors when combining various flours,grains,seeds,or herbs! Have fun experimenting with a variety of your favorite herbs, spices and seeds! Happy baking & healthy eating!!

IMG_3634Happy January!!Keep warm and be well…and enjoy a warm cup of lavender tea with your delicious, healthy warm baked bread!! 🙂

I’m dreaming of the warm sunny days and sweet fragrant lavender flowers surrounding me as I enjoy a spring picnic on the lavender farm!! I look forward to seeing you this coming season!

Lavender Lady

Happy New Year 2015 Brings A Fresh Look Thru A Child’s Eyes

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To ring in the New Year 2015, I want to start by gazing into these cheerful photos, being transported back to warmer summer days at our fragrant calming lavender farm! Awe… Inhale deeply with me, and let the sweet heady aroma surround you, and encourage peace & relaxation……..as I tell you of a very precious, special moment I experienced while running my lavender farm one summer day 🙂

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Through A Child’s Eyes & Heart <3   One summer day a couple visited with their young daughter, about 6-7 years old. They spent a few moments strolling around our lavender farm, and then walked into my Retail Cottage to check out our lavender products. Their daughter said, ” Mama, can I  go out and walk in the Maze, to relax and meditate”. Her mother said, ” certainly honey” 🙂  At first, I didn’t understand what she was asking, “walk in the Maze”, what Maze is she speaking about. Then I watched her walking toward my Wildflower Garden. I understood it then,  she wanted to meander along the little path through our fragrant Wildflowers, and maybe sit on a bench relaxing, and meditate a few quiet moments in nature!! 🙂 I thought, how beautiful is this!! Wow, if only we adults could get back to our youthful days, and live simply, in the moment with a Youthful Heart finding more peace and joy right where we are!!! This is my New Year’s resolution!! 🙂 Finding simple, quiet, peaceful moments right where I am each day, and sharing it with others!! Whether it’s relaxing at a  lavender farm, a park bench in the city, or a seat on the bus….there is peace, joy and love to be found, right where you are!!!

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I wanted to share this Yummy Lavender Lemon Bar recipe with you. It has a delicious light floral, lemony flavor that is sure to be a hit at your New Years’ Party or Tea Time! Enjoy!!

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Lavender Lemon Bars
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Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
 
This lavender lemon bar has a delicious light floral, lemony flavor that will delight your senses with a taste of summer! The addition of culinary lavender, and chopped raw cranberries lends to an amazing floral note,a luscious fruit flavor, and texture giving these bars a heavenly flavor burst that makes you drool......wanting more!!
Ingredients
  • Lavender, Lemon and Cranberry crust:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened, plus more for greasing pan
  • ½ cup organic granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground culinary lavender
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups organic granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 7 Tablespoons lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
  • Sprigs of lavender, garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with aluminum foil (with a 2 inch overhang on all four sides) and grease the bottom and sides with butter.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter with sugar, culinary lavender, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix on medium-low until incorporated.
  5. Mix in the cranberries and lemon zest.
  6. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.(I pricked the bottom of the crust several times with a fork before placing it into the oven)
  7. Bake until slightly brown, about 25 minutes.
  8. For the Filling: Make while the crust is baking.
  9. Whisk together the sugar, eggs, lemon juice, flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.
  10. Pour the filling over the baked crust and continue baking until the filling sets and is slightly brown on the edges, about 25 minutes or more. (Continue cooking longer, 2-3 minutes, until filling completely sets up)
  11. Let cool completely in the pan. Use the foil edges to help lift the bars out of the baking pan.
  12. Cut into 24 or more squares and dust with confectioners' sugar and garnish with lavender sprigs! These yummy Lavender Lemon Bars are sure to be a hit at your New Years Party!
  13. (Recipe adapted from Chuck Hughes,Lemon-shortbread-cookies)

 

Whatever your New Year goals or resolutions are for 2015, we wish you the Best in life, in the Simple Moments each day!!  

Happy New Year 2015 from Hood River Lavender!!Relax and Get Close To Lavender..be Calm & be happy!!

Lavender Lady

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