Lavender Honey Tea Bread


½ cup whole milk
2 tablespoons Steed & Company Lavender Honey
1 tablespoon plus ½ teaspoon Steed & Company Culinary Lavender

2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

1 8-ounce container sour cream (1 cup)
1 cup sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 large eggs

2 tablespoons powdered sugar


Bring milk to simmer in small saucepan; add Steed & Company Lavender Honey and 1 tablespoon Steed & Company Culinary Lavender. Stir until honey dissolves. Remove from heat; cover and let steep 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour decorative 10-cup fluted pan or Bundt pan. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl.

Strain milk mixture into another medium bowl; discard solids in strainer. Whisk sour cream into milk mixtureto blend. Using electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture in 3 additions each, beating just until smooth. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top with rubber spatula.

Bake bread until tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool bread in pan on rack 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar and remaining ½ teaspoon Steed & Company Culinary Lavender in strainer set over small bowl. Press sugar mixture through strainer, discarding large bits. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and store at room temperature.) Sift strained powdered sugar mixture over bread.

Baker’s wisdom: For a delicate texture, mix in the dry ingredients just until the tea bread batter is blended.