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Lavender tea bread on a plate with black tea and fresh lemon.

Lavender Lemon Tea Bread

Floral infused and delicious, this lavender tea bread is a unique way to enjoy a sweet bread for dessert, or with coffee or tea.

Course Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine English
Keyword bread, herbal, lavender recipes, Tea bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


Tea Bread Ingredients

  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp dried lavender buds can substitute 3 tbps of fresh lavender
  • 6 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Lemon Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk


Tea Bread Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan, or line your loaf pans with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the lavender buds and milk in a small sauce pan and warm over medium heat. Infusing the lavender into the milk.

  3. Heat the lavender buds and milk to a simmer. Remove the unfused milk from heat, and then allow it to cool slightly.

  4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.

  5. Beat your eggs into the mixture until the mixture is light and fluffy, then add the vanilla and mix completely.

  6. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

  7. Optional: if you don't like the idea of eating lavender buds, strain the lavender buds from the milk before adding to the wet ingredients.

  8. Add and stir your dry ingredients into the creamed butter and sugar mixture, alternating with the milk and lavender until just blended.

  9. Pour the cake batter into your prepared pan.

  10. Bake the tea bread for 45-50 minutes in the preheated oven. (At high altitude, leave it in a bit longer than directed - about 5 ish minutes)

  11. Check with a toothpick that the batter has comes out clean, remove from the oven and allow to cool on a baking rack.

Lemon Glaze

  1. To prepare the glaze, combine the powdered sugar and remaining ingredients until smooth.

  2. Pour the glaze over the bread while the bread is still warm, until the entire bread is coated in the sugary, lemon goodness.

  3. Allow the bread to cool with the glaze and enjoy!