Gluten Free Lemon Lavender Poppy Seed Bread

(Editor’s Note: This month Lauren is sharing with us three of her best baking recipes– perfect for spring! In case you missed last month’s series, we spent all of March showing you how to use our Capsule Pantry List to make 20 easy meals.)

Can you believe it’s April?!

Spring is officially here, though based on many posts across social media, it’s still quite cold (and even snowing) in many parts of the country. For me spring always reminds me of home. At the first sign of warmer weather, my mother would deep clean our home on a Saturday morning and open all of the windows. The fresh breeze felt like the mark of the new season. Whether you’re still wearing a coat or enjoying the longer days on your back porch, this Lemon Lavender Poppy Seed Bread recipe will bring spring to your kitchen. You read that right, this quick bread features the unique floral flavor of lavender. I’m all about taking flavors that feel familiar and mixing in just a bit of surprise. Many of us have enjoyed a punchy, moist lemon poppy seed muffin but this bread pushes the average baked treat to the next level without a ton of extra work.

Like many edible flowers, lavender is a time-honored cooking herb; its culinary use started long before it became a trendy latte. This beautiful purple flower adds just a hint of floral taste but compliments the tangy lemon flavor perfectly. If you’re hesitant, I understand, but I promise it’s just subtle enough to make you go back for another piece.  This recipe is pretty easy, my biggest tip is to be sure all of your liquid ingredients are room temperature. This is important when baking with butter or coconut oil. If you add cold ingredients to your liquids, it will cause your coconut oil to solidify which we don’t want. If you forget to pull them out ahead of time, simply put your milk in the microwave for a few seconds to get it to room temperature. With eggs, you can put them in some warm water for a couple minutes.I love this quick bread for tea with friends, a unique picnic addition, or as a sweet gift on Mother’s Day.

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Lemon Lavender Poppyseed Bread

Gluten Free Lemon Lavender Poppy Seed Bread

  • Author: Lauren Daniel
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45-55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Category: Gluten Free

Description

This super moist gluten free, dairy free quick bread has just a hint of floral and a zing of lemon, the perfect spring flavor combination.


Ingredients

  • 2 c gluten free flour, I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1*
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 ½ tbsp dried lavender
  • ½ c coconut oil, soft (similar texture to room temp butter)
  • ¾ c organic sugar cane
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ c lemon juice
  • ¾ c milk, room temp (I used almond milk)
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • Zest of two lemons

Glaze (optional)

  • 1 c powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp milk, I used almond milk

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350 F. Line a bread pan with parchment paper or grease well.
    Combine gf flour, baking powder, poppy seeds, lavender, in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl cream sugar and coconut oil until well combined.
  3. Add vanilla, lemon juice, milk, and eggs to sugar mixture.
  4. Fold dry ingredients into your wet.
  5. Pour batter into your prepared bread pan.
  6. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Begin checking at 45 minutes, push a knife or toothpick into the center of the bread, it should come out clean. Do not overbake.
  7. While your bread bakes, whisk powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk together for glaze.
  8. Once bread it cooled, drizzle glaze overtop. Best enjoyed within 3 days.

Notes

*I have not tested this recipe with any other flour blends. Using a different blend may provide different results.

*I have not tested this recipe with any other flour blends. Using a different blend may provide different results.

Photography by Chase Daniel

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  1. This looks so good!!!!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  2. this looks so delicious and I love the use of lavender as an ingredient in it. thanks for sharing

    Eme x

    • Jen Pinkston

      04/23/2018

      Same! I want to add lavender to everything now! xx

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