So, we’ve all used lemon zest in nearly everything from cakes to cookies to muffins and even bread. But who’s tried it on herbed bread where lavender is the chief spice? I used it to prepare some quick grab-me donuts the other day and thought this heavenly flavor would taste great on organic bread.
And since here at Organic Health Bloom, we’re all about trying different things using the best of everything while keeping it deliciously healthy, we’ve decided to feature homemade lavender and lemon zest artisan bread in our ongoing bread recipe series. Ready to try something different today? Check our recipe below.
Lavender and Lemon Zest Spiced Bread Ingredients
Here are the primary ingredients for our herbed bread, featuring lavender and lemon zest.
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 cup wholewheat flour
- 1 packet (2 ¼ tsp) active dry yeast
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 ½ cups warm water
- Olive oil for greasing
- Additional bread flour for dusting (½ cup)
Lavender and Lemon Zest Artisan Bread Instructions
Once you have all the ingredients ready in one place, here are the instructions to bake this yummy, unique bread.
Step 1: Mix the dried ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast, salt, dried lavender buds, and lemon zest. Next, gradually add the warm water to the dry ingredients while stirring until a shaggy dough forms.
Step 2: Knead the dough
Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Then, place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
Step 3: Prepare the oven
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and place an empty baking dish on the bottom rack. This will create steam for a crisp crust. Punch down the dough and shape it into a round loaf, then place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Step 4: Bake
Make shallow slashes on top of the loaf with a sharp knife. This gives the bread a nice shape and appearance, though it’s optional. You can now place the bread in the preheated oven and pour a cup of hot water into the empty baking dish to create steam. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Allow the bread to cool on a wire rack before slicing.
- Ensure the lavender is food-grade and pesticide-free.
- Don’t overdo the lavender; its flavor is potent, and a little goes a long way.
- Experiment with different pairings to discover your favorite flavor combinations.
Why Use Lavender and Lemon Zest in Your Artisan Bread?
Besides the heavenly taste and magical smell derived from this combo, adding lavender and lemon zest to your artisan bread also comes with a few benefits, health-wise. For example, lavender is a relaxing and calming herb that helps reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
Additionally, it has antioxidants that can protect cells from damage. Similarly, lemon zest is a great source of vitamin C, which is essential for the immune system. It also adds a burst of fresh flavor to your bread. Now you see why you’ll love this delicious and healthy combo in your organic bread.
What to Eat With Your Lavender and Lemon Zest Infused Bread
Since lavender and lemon fit so well in various recipes (muffins, smoothies, ice creams, salads, oats bars, etc.), you can serve your artisan bread with anything from creamy goat cheese to smoked salmon.
Add some honey to the goat cheese, creating a sweet and tangy flavor combo. You can even add some cream cheese to your smoked salmon for a sophisticated brunch.
Tomato and basil is another pairing suggestion that creates a refreshing Mediterranean twist.
A Word on Baking Lavender and Lemon Zest Artisan Bread
Using lavender and lemon zest in your artisan bread is a delightful way to bring out the create in you and up your baking game. The unique blend of flavors makes it a conversation starter at any gathering, and the health benefits of lavender and lemon zest add to its appeal.
This isn’t something you will get from your local store, and even if you can order custom-made bread, you’re better off baking your own the organic, healthier way. It gives you the power to experiment with different herbs and ingredients. You’ll be surprised how far your creativity can go and what amazing treats you can spruce up.
Lavender offers calming benefits, while lemon zest brings a zesty, fresh flavor. When paired with various ingredients, this bread becomes a versatile choice for any occasion. Enjoy!