Getting back to my signature style, I wanted to do three different versions of this recipe: a regular loaf, one with almonds and a lemon-poppy variation. Then I discovered I didn't have any poppy seeds. What?! I always have poppy seeds. It's one of the ingredients in my grandpa's onion cookie recipe and therefore I have leftovers in my pantry year-round, so the fact that I didn't have any was nothing short of baffling, and forced me to adjust my plan of action. The "conversation" went something like:
I still want to make 3 mini loaves instead of a single large loaf. A regular (by the cookbook) version and one with chopped almonds are givens, so what about the third? No poppy seeds...No poppy seeds...Ugh...Hmmm, what about lavender? I've never really used lavender...Which begs the question, "why do I have it?" but I guess that's not really important right now. Where is it? Oh no, I can't not have this, too. I know it's in here somewhere. There it is. How much should I use? Ugh, a quarter teaspoon should be fine...I can't think about this anymore.
At first, I didn't think I'd used enough lavender because I didn't taste it (not that I really knew what it should taste like), but when I tasted them side-by-side, I realized that the lavender really did add something to the original recipe. So, in summary:
- Lemon loaf: nice, light, refreshing.
- Lavender lemon loaf: citrusy with some unexpected depth.
- Lemon almond loaf: nice crunch, good balance.
Jake just liked his plain, but my favorite ways to eat this were somewhat diverse. The lemon-almond loaf was very good with strawberry jam, and the regular lemon and lemon-lavender were terrific smeared with (unsalted) butter and a sprinkle of coarse salt. Oh yes, I'll definitely be making this again.Check out the other TWD bloggers' lemon loaves or find the recipe on the blogs of this weeks' hosts, Truc of Treats and Michelle of The Beauty of Life, and make it yourself!
Things I learned from this project:
- Almonds and lemon are always a good flavor combination.
- Lavender adds surprising depth of flavor.