Post by Mystical Journey on Jan 18, 2012 22:23:07 GMT -8
Use more or less lavender flowers according to your taste. Make an infusion of 1-3 tablespoons lavender flowers in 1 cup boiling water. Let steep till almost cool.
Meanwhile proof a package dry yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Into a large mixing bowl (use your electric mixer with dough hook) place:
1 tablespoon shortening 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 21/2 cups bread flour
Strain the lavender infusion into the bowl while mixing at slow speed. Pour in the yeast and continue to blend. If the dough seems too thin, add 2 tablespoons flour, mix well. Remove dough hook, cover bread mix with a piece of waxed paper and let sit for 45 minutes.
Grease a small loaf pan. Punch down dough, shape into loaf and place in pan. Heat oven to 350F. When dough has doubled in bulk, put into oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. Bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Drizzle a little melted butter over the loaf and serve warm.