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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

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