loaf of Banana Lavender Bread

What inspired this banana lavender bread recipe

Do you ever feel like you made something years ago but it didn’t get the credit it deserved? As a food blogger, I feel this way constantly. By credit, I don’t mean that it went viral over the interwebs. I mean that it didn’t get shared with many people because at that time Broma Bakery was a baby blog. In fact, many delicious recipes live in a dusty corner of my blog, never to be seen or heard from again. 

So today I decided to revive an old favorite recipe of mine: Banana Lavender Bread. You see, when I made Lavender-Infused Banana Bread 1.0, it was a total hit in our household. I must’ve made it three times. And to make something three times as a food blogger you know it’s good. It started as a low-fat banana bread that later became my go-to recipe. But to give it a twist, I infused lavender in a brown butter and mixed it into the bread. To top it all off, I made a lavender simple syrup and brushed it all over the baked bread.

Oh man oh man was it good.

So with LBB 2.0, I kept things pretty much the same, because why mess with a classic? The end result is a moist and fragrant low-fat banana bread exploding in lavender flavor. The end result is also a much better photoshoot, and more banana lavender bread for me to savor πŸ™‚

sliced loaf of Banana Lavender Bread

Tips for making banana lavender bread

Don’t add extra lavender β€” Lavender is a love it or hate it kind of flavor. If you love lavender and are thinking you should add extra to this recipe to amp up the flavor, DON’T. If you add more lavender than this banana bread recipe calls for, your loaf will quickly begin to taste like soap. 

Take the butter off the heat as soon as it starts browning β€” Making browned butter can go from ‘yum’ to ‘oh crap’ really fast. As soon as the butter turns a lovely golden brown color, take it off the heat immediately. 

Glaze while the bread’s warm β€” As soon as the lavender bread comes out of the oven, poke it with a skewer a bunch of times, going about halfway down the loaf. Pour the lavender simple syrup over top while the bread is warm so the syrup can more easily soak down into the bread. 

Banana Lavender Bread

How to store banana lavender bread

This lavender bread will keep on your countertop for a few days. But because of the simple syrup on top, this bread might not keep as well as your typical loaf of banana bread. I like to reheat leftover slices and enjoy them with a cup of coffee. 

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Lavender Banana Bread

  • Author: Sarah Fennel
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Ingredients

For the bread

  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 6 ounces plain, whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed

For the lavender simple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ΒΊF. Line a bread pan with parchment paper.
  2. First, cook 2 tablespoons of the lavender on high heat for about a minute until it begins to release scent. Then, turn the heat down to medium-low and add the butter to the pan. Allow to cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Your butter should begin to brown and small deposits should form on the bottom of the pan. Once the butter is a medium caramel color, remove from heat and strain out the lavender through a fine sieve, catching the butter in a bowl below. Reserve about 1 teaspoon of the strained lavender.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, yogurt, sugar, infused brown butter, and vanilla. Fold in the mashed banana and reserved teaspoon of cooked lavender. Gradually fold in the flour mixture.
  4. Pour the batter into the bread pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  5. While the bread is cooking, make the lavender syrup. In a small saucepan on medium heat, make a simple syrup with 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water. Once the sugar dissolves completely, add in 1 tablespoon of lavender. Cook for about a minute, until you can smell the lavender. Set aside.
  6. Once the bread finishes cooking, use a small skewer to poke ~20 holes all over the bread. Place the bread on a wire cooling rack and brush the lavender simple syrup over the top of the bread, then over each side. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then serve!

More banana bread recipes from Broma Bakery: 

Bourbon-Fig Swirled Brown Butter Banana Bread

Bourbon-Soaked Cherry Banana Bread

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Carrot Cake Banana Bread

Nutella Banana Bread

74 comments

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Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
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Lavender in banana bread?! That is new to my face….but a new thing that NEEDS to happen! I totally feel you on wanting to give old recipes some new lovin’ and I am glad you did! Pinned!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Taylor! Sometimes you just need to revive old favorites πŸ™‚

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Joanne
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Hi Sarah! I have a question about your recipe. In Step 2, you ask us to Reserve about 1 teaspoon of the strained lavender. In Step 3, we’re instructed to Fold in the mashed banana and Β½ teaspoon of cooked lavender. Where is the other Β½ teaspoon of cooked lavender used?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Joanne! Total typo on my end. You should use the full teaspoon. Hope you’re well, and let me know if you make the bread!

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Joanne
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Oh, I’m going to make the bread. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m looking forward to banana/lavender lusciousness! πŸ™‚

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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YES! Please do keep me posted! It’s really one of my favorite recipes to date πŸ™‚

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Liz @ Floating Kitchen
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When I make something more than 2 or 3 times I KNOW it’s awesome. Total food blogger problem right there – no time for repeats! Glad you dusted this one off. And you are just killing it with the lavender lately!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you lady!! Dust off- haha. That’s exactly it.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
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I almost bought a lavender plant yesterday as part of my herb garden, but I passed on it. Looks like I’ll be going back for it because this looks perfect! I’ve never cooked with lavender, but banana bread with simple syrup brushed on? Boom boom POW.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Abby you HAVE to get it! Lavender is just my favorite.

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Jen and Emily @ Layers of Happiness
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Woah! I love the flavor in this bread! I’m always on the look out for new recipes to use my leftover bananas!! And I trust you when you say you’ve made it three times because that’s the same way around here – there is always new things to make and try as a food blogger! πŸ˜‰

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right?! It’s like the secret code for “winning recipe”

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Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker
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This banana bread sounds divine. Love the floral twist!

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Sam @ SugarSpunRun
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This looks beautiful, I love the incorporation of lavender!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you, Sam! It makes for a perfect summer treat πŸ™‚

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
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Sarah, I LOVE this Lavender Banana Bread!!! I’m so glad you shared it here again!! Simply beautiful!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Alice! I mean, I couldn’t let it sit in a corner forever!

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Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
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So glad you are reviving an old favorite. This banana bread looks gorgeous, Sarah! Love the lavender syrup and in the bread!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks Kelly! The syrup soaks right into the bread, making it so floral!

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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
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What a great way to use lavender! This sounds wonderful!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Jessica!

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Zainab
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OK lavender in banana bread? That’s incredible!! And I am so glad you revived this since some of us are new around here!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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That’s what I figured! Thanks Zainab πŸ™‚

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Beeta @ Mon Petit Four
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Oh wow, this sounds and looks amazing, Banana and lavender somehow never crossed my mind, but now that you’ve mentioned it, it seems like a fabulous combo! I can imagine it’s as fragrant as you describe. And oh yeah, 3 times is definitely a sign its a winner!! πŸ™‚

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Beeta! I totally agree in that you wouldn’t think of it, but damn is it good!

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Cakespy
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I want to carb-o-load on this baby. <3

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I’m with ya, girl. Do it!

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Medha @ Whisk & Shout
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Lovely photos! That simple syrup sound slike such a kick of flavor πŸ™‚

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Medha! It adds the best flavor!

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Amy | Club Narwhal
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Oh have mercy on my soul, Sarah! This is one babely looking banana bread–and with lavender? Slay me!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Amy! I think babely is an apt way to describe it πŸ™‚

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Bisera U.
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I can’t even. You know how I feel about lavender.. and to put it in banana bread?! Slam dunk. I have to try this recipe!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Girlfriend you HAVE to! OMG- what about with some lavender almond streusel?!

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Bisera U
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YES! And I’ll throw in some the Coconut Lavender almonds!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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PERFECT! πŸ™‚

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Justine
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If it’s not broken, don’t fix it and this recipe definitely isn’t!! It looks amazing. I’ve truly got to give this a try.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You said it sister!

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Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
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So beautiful and I’m intrigued by this combination of flavours. Love lavender πŸ™‚

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It’s one of my favorite flavors. So perfect or summer!

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Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
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This is just so yummy. I completely understand about old recipes getting lost. I am still in the baby stages (or at least I feel that way) and just hope things don’t get too lost down the line. Unless you have lots of fans like me who stalks the blogs of food bloggers I like and goes through all the oldies lost in the archives. I am so glad you revived this bread because it is just so incredible sounding. I need to make this happen in my kitchen!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Awww, you’re too cute! And seriously, I feel like I want to start an archive revival section.

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Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen
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Sign me up and give me a few slice stat! Love this girl and so glad you revived it.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you lady lay! I’ll make this for you one day πŸ™‚

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Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
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Just when I think I have tried every banana bread flavor combo out there..someone comes up with something else.
I love baking with lavender, and this sounds absolutely divine!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It’s such a fun combo!

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Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
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Girl, so I have a whole bottle of lavender that has been waiting for a recipe! I’m soo making this over the weekend!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I mean, it’s fate. You have to!

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Harriet Emily
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What a delicious looking recipe! You are so talented! I’d never thought of pairing banana and lavender together before, but now I’ve seen your amazing creation, I know I’m going to have to make this! πŸ™‚

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh you have to! Let me know what you think!!

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ChiChi
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I need this lavender bread in my life right now. A big YES to this. Looks absolutely delicious.

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Beth @ bethcakes
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I don’t think I would have ever thought to put lavender and banana bread together, but I am so going to try it! This sounds so wonderful. πŸ™‚

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Savita @ ChefDeHome
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What a delicious looking bread! I’m always looking for inspiration to make new banana breads. Use of lavender with banana is really a good idea! Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)
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Yes I have often felt this way. There are so many recipes I would totally redo and repeat so more people can understand how fantastic they are. This bread is a masterpiece.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Jocelyn! Glad I’m not alone. There needs to be a repeat post option or something!

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mira
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OMG, my previous comment did not go through… This bread looks so delicious and unique! Great job Sarah! Love to, pinned!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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So frustrating. Well thank you Mira!! XO

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Traci | Vanilla And Bean
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So we have a lavender farm and bakery right around the corner from our home… it’s glorious! I’ve only baked with lavender once and it was phenomenally delicious, I think it’s time to whip out the culinary lavender again! Delicious bread… and I know it’s so moist! It’s the banana!! Yeah! OH – that first shot… the bread is floating.. floating like its light as a cloud.. ! Love it, Sarah!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Jealous of your nearby lavender farm! The air must smell incredible around you. Thank you for the compliments, Traci! XO

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Christina @ Bake with Christina
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That banana bread looks SO moist and delicious! I’m a HUGE fan of lavender, so I’m sure I’d love this!! Pinned πŸ™‚

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks Christina! You’d just love this bread, then!

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Cassie
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What a gorgeous recipe!

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Linda | A La Place Clichy
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This is the most creative way to make banana bread that I have seen in a long time! Who knew lavender and bananas…

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Kylie
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Genius! This looks so delicious, moist and flavorful. I never thought of pairing bananas and lavender, and I like to lavender up everything I can! Love the new site redesign- so happy you went with Jenn!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It’s a stellar combo! And thank you thank you. Jenn was amazing and I so appreciate the tip off!

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Joanne
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I’m normally wary of lavender-infused anything because I don’t really want my sweets to taste like hand soap…but I trust. Implicitly.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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No way. You’re missing out, lady!!

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Janel from NellieBellie
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Lavender anything is amazing. But dang this bread looks fantastic!!

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Rachel
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Question: you say in the recipe for the dough to use dried lavender, then in the part for the syrup, you just say lavender. Is it calling for dried lavender, or lavender oil?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Rachel! Both are dried lavender. I’ve changed the recipe to reflect this. Sorry for the confusion!

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Rachel
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No worries! Thanks so much! I’m going to try this out for my sister’s bridal shower this weekend πŸ˜€

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Judith weston
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Hi,
Im looking for breads I can freeze. Plus I’m making them in mini, real mini size like three bites. For my renewal vows tea party foods. So anything I can make ahead and freeze is great.
Plus, paper on bottom only or all sides. Easy for large loaf but not so with minis if needed on sides. First time ever writing.

Thank you
Judith

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