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Lavender Hawaiian Christmas Stollen

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Tis the season once again, and  I’m not ready.  Maybe if I turn on the Christmas music, and fetch a cuppa of hot Lavender Chai Tea, I’ll begin to feel the spirit of Christmas 🙂

Now I’m ready to get my holiday baking on!!! I’ve been making delicious sweet Hawaiian Bread this past month, and I decided to incorporate it into my Holiday baking. I always bake Christmas Stollen for gift giving, and so my head is reeling out of control with the thoughts of making my Stollen following my Hawaiian Bread recipe with just a few modifications…

I know, I can just hear my dear Mother saying, “Why do you have to change things, I like it how you’ve always made it.”

But Momma, I can’t help myself, your father (my Grandfather) was a Baker, and you baked while I was growing up, now it’s my turn to Create, and that’s just what I love to do!

I love my dear Mother, and she taught me so many wonderful things, a love for family,  baking, and the simple pleasures of life, gardening and flowers!!

Here’s our Lavender Winter Wonderland 😀 Lavender Lumps!

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Hawaiian Bread~Christmas Stollen With Lavender Orange Glaze
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Recipe type: Sweet Bread
Cuisine: German
Serves: 12
 
Enjoy this delightfully, tasty, and healthy sweet bread with an amazing flavor burst from the pineapple juice, dried fruit and nuts. Perfect for your holiday party, or gift giving. This is the Best Fruit Cake you've ever had!! Very festive when shaped in two braids, and decorated with dried fruit such as cranberries,mango and pineapple on top of the glaze. It's sure to be a favorite "Christmas Stollen" for your family meal and holidays!
Ingredients
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional flour for kneading process.
  • 3 eggs - room temperature, plus 1 egg to brush tops of bread before baking
  • 2 cups pineapple juice, room temperature
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1½ - 2 cups chopped dried fruit, pluots, cranberries, mango, pineapple,& raisins
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 envelopes yeast (4½ tsp)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • Glaze:
  • 2 tsp culinary lavender
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm pineapple (warm to touch) and ½ cup flour. Let stand until creamy and puffy, about 15 minutes. This is called "Proofing" the yeast.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the yeast mixture, eggs, 1 additional cup pineapple juice, sugar, vanilla, and melted butter.
  3. Add fruit and nuts, add remaining flour, one cup at a time, mixing well until dough becomes stiff. Cover mixing bowl with kitchen towel and set in a warm place to rise for 1-2 hours
  4. Remove dough from the bowl onto a floured counter top, and knead 5-10 times, adding additional flour to prevent it from sticking. Divide dough in 4-6 small portions. Form each portion of dough into four small round loaves or two large loaves. Place round loaves on cookie sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal to prevent the loaves from sticking. Score the top of each loaf with the X design, and then brush tops with a beaten egg. Cover and place in warm area to rise for an additional hour, or until the dough doubles in size. Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Place cookie sheet with round loaves into the center of oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes, then transfer loaves to cooling racks. Add Glaze if you like.
  5. *Lavender Orange Glaze: I like to drizzle this glaze on top to decorate, and add an delightful flavor burst! :-)
  6. Ingredients: 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tsp culinary lavender, & 2 tsp orange zest.
  7. Place all ingredients in a small pan over medium low heat and stir until butter is melted, and mixture becomes shiny. Remove from heat. Drizzle on tops of round loaves and decorate with almonds or dried fruit.
  8. This Hawaiian Bread makes a delicious Christmas Stollen with just a few additional ingredients. Follow the recipe for Hawaiian Bread, then add 1 Tsp Anise Extract, additional ½ cup or more each golden raisins, and mixed nuts, and 2 tsp chopped crystalized ginger. Instead of making round loaves you could make two long braids. These braids are very festive when decorated with lavender orange glaze and natural dried fruit, such as cranberries,mango and pineapple. Perfect for your holiday party, or gift giving. The Best Fruit Cake, "Christmas Stollen", you've ever had!! Delightful, healthy and so yummy!!! Enjoy! Happy holidays to you and your family!!

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Add the other ingredients with gobs of yummy dried fruits and nuts. And don’t forget the Anise Seed or Extract & Ginger 🙂

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Let rise in warm place for 1 hour 🙂

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Ready to shape dough into 2-4 round loaves or 2 braids

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Christmas Stollen made with Hawaiian Bread recipe is a perfect addition to your holiday parties and gift giving! I like to sprinkle “snow” on top 🙂 with a dusting of powdered sugar after bread has cooled a bit.

Ella, Sadie and I love to play outside in our Snow….Pacific Northwest Wonderland!!!

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(Sadie, chocolate lab, is 15 yrs. old now and Ella, is 9 months. They are besties 🙂

Merry Christmas, and may you enjoy wonderful moments with your family and friends this holiday season! Have a peaceful, joyous, and safe holiday!

Best to you always,  Lavender Lady

Merry Christmas Eve Eve

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Today I’m baking more yummy goodies for my family and friends! This is my favorite Holiday Cookie, Gingerbread Boys, with the addition of our Culinary Lavender! Turn up the Christmas Music, as I get my Christmas on! 🙂
I will decorate some Gingerbread Boys by piping on eyes, mouth, buttons and clothes, giving these cookies their own Joyous expression 🙂 …just in time for Christmas!

It’s beginning to look and smell all Christmassy around our  house!! Hope you are enjoying your Holiday with family and friends! Be safe during your travels, and have a Merry Christmas Eve Eve!!!

Joyful Christmas Cheers!

Lavender Lady

 

Angelic Christmas Music

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My Mother & I enjoyed this beautiful Christmas Advent Concert. The wonderful old pipe organ combined with the piano was extremely beautiful, Angelic! I can’t think of a more perfect moment to share with my dear Mother, especially since she loves playing the organ also!

 

 

Christmas Advent Concert Pipe Organ

A Few Of My Favorite Things At Christmas

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My Mother and I enjoyed the Christmas Carols at the Advent Concert this week. It brought back sweet memories of our family gatherings when Grandmother would play the piano, or her Mandolin, as we sang our favorite Christmas Carols, “Joy The World and Hark The Herald Angels Sing” ! Hearing these songs again inspires a spirit of caring,  love, and sharing with family & friends, and there’s nothing more wonderful than that!

With the chilly temperatures and snow falling outside I get inspired to bake some of our favorite cookies and breads, with a cup of  hot chocolate in hand!  Awe…the traditions and memories of baking with my dear daughter when she was younger, these are such fond memories! I still love to bake gingerbread cookies, only now I make it with a twist…”Lavender Gingersnaps”, or “Molasses Lavender Cutout Cookies”. Culinary Lavender is a great compliment with ginger and molasses. Another favorite recipe of mine is Christmas “Stollen” German Bread, and Christmas “Panettone” Italian Bread. I fill these breads with dried Pluots, raisins and nuts, “soaked overnight in Brandy or Rum”…that’s my secret to this wonderful holiday bread.

After a day of baking,  I have the urge to get out doors and play!! I invited a couple young girls from next door, and their Mother to join me.  We had a wonderful  Snow day, making Snow Gals!! Do you ever feel “Upside Down” like our snowman from the stress of life?…Inhale the calming aroma of lavender essential oil, then get outside and play in the Snow…if you’re luck to have some! Our dog Sadie loves to help out too, and pose for photos afterward 🙂

A beautiful white blanket covers the lavender, transforming the garden into our Winter Wonderland!  We are thankful for the beauty that surrounds us, and fills our lives. <3

Merry Christmas, and may you enjoy wonderful moments with your family and friends this holiday season! Have a peaceful, joyous, and safe holiday! Best to you always,

Lavender Lady

It’s A Wonderful Life

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I’ve been busy packing up web orders, and shipping them out to arrive at each home, just in time for Christmas. Also, delivering products to our wholesale accounts around town, making it convenient for shoppers to purchase our products while they are out shopping for groceries. Sometimes I feel like Santa’s little lavender Elf. ~:-)

Today I looked out the window, across the snow covered grass, and thought about how thankful Joe and I are to have a business like this, with lavender products that bring calming peace to many people. We greatly appreciate all our wonderful customers that make this possible!! Today I’m taking the day off, and visiting my dear Mother for the afternoon. We plan to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”, eat Chex Mix, and drink root beer floats together! Life is wonderful, and I can think of many reasons why it is!

Joe and I hope you have a safe and happy Christmas. Light a candle, and relax with your family, and friends.

Be Well!

Christmas Bazaar Time

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This week I’m making products for a local show that we are participating in on Saturday and Sunday. The “Last Chance” Christmas bazaar show is at our local fairgrounds, not far from where our farm is located. In case the weather gets bad with snow or freezing rain, we can always slide down the hill to get there.  🙂  So, along with packing up tons of web orders, and producing products for the show, I’m keeping warm inside, while I listen to my favorite Christmas music. Then to relieve my cabin fever, when the weather warms up above freezing, I plan to venture outside for a walk with my two dogs, Sadie and Gunther. Enjoy the holiday!

Sadie and Gunther waiting for a walk
Sadie and Gunther waiting for a walk

Check out the new recipe section for my new Gingerbread Lavender Scones, and Molasses Lavender Cutout Cookies. I love the combination of lavender and ginger!!! Try it!

Merry Christmas & Stollen Bread!

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Christmas Stollen Bread
Christmas Stollen Bread

One of my favorite things at Christmas time is Christmas “Stollen” German Bread, and Christmas “Panettone” Italian Bread, shaped in a folded oval, then curved into a crescent shape. It is filled with candied fruit, raisins, nuts, Anise, and Vanilla. It is a tradition that I love to do for the family. But this year I got all caught up in the busyness of the season, and almost forgot, until Joe, my husband, reminded me that I hadn’t made any for him!!!!! So last night, I baked some Christmas “Stollen”. Oh the smell of it baking in the oven, and then warm with butter, and Soy Nog!!!  Enjoy your family, and special friends, and have a Merry Christmas!! Live simply and peaceful!!! Oh Holy Night!!

Last Chance Christmas Bazaar

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We are preparing for a Christmas show this weekend in Odell. I am busy, as some say,  in Santa’s workshop, making products for the show , and filling web orders, so they will arrive in time for Christmas. We are in full swing for Christmas, and it gets intense, but not tense, well not too much………….The Last Chance Christmas Bazaar is the very first show we did 4 years ago. I can still remember, and I wish I had a photo to show you!!! Oh you would howl!!!!  Now we have upgraded a bit since that day,  thanks to my awesome sister, for her tips. What a difference a Black table skirt, and rosemary green tablecloths will make.

 This year we decided to participate in this show only because, we wanted to donate a percent of all our sales to a fellow Lavender farmer that passes away this August with Breast Cancer. It is so very painful for her husband and her young, 9 years old, son. And if we can do even a little to help, toward research of this painful disease, we will be humbled to do it!!!! I pause . . . . Peace, calming, peace to Treva’s family….Strength, understanding, peace..wrap them in peace. …We look forward to seeing you at the show. Come support this cause.