March 3, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
When I look back on my childhood, I am only now realizing HOW much influence radio shows (yes before people had televisions lol) and television (when we got our very first black and white television ) had on me.
To this day, I can sing a jingle “word for word”, yet please do not ask me what I had for breakfast today! Perhaps if I “sang” at breakfast…. (and remember I can’t sing? lol)….
Today, a nice warm and sunny summer day, it made me want to just “skip” around the house. (I LIKE skipping! YOU? ) While I was “skipping”, I started singing “Lavender, Lavender, LA LA LA Lavender!”
Now THAT was a tune from the past! lol
It winds up it is from one of my favorite TV ad commercials in 1978! (What a good year THAT was! )
The “Lollipop” song was originally recorded by The Chordettes’ in 1958 (before my time ), and was adapted by the Life Savers Candy Company for their 1978 TV ad campaign.
In case you never had one, the Life Savers Lollipops are still sold in Seaside Heights at carnivals games in New Jersey in the States.
If you have never heard or seen the 1978 TV ad… (so you can now IMAGINE me skipping and singing “Lavender, Lavender LA LA LA Lavender” )
I previously mentioned HOW easily I get distracted when it comes to “ALL things food” (and jingles too! )
With Lavender “obviously” on my mind (“might” have “something” to do with my PLH Mini Muffins I made the other day )
Onto my Lavender Chai Tea Cake
Here is my “adapted” recipe that I hope you will enjoy too!
1 1/4 cups Organic Self-rising White flour, sifted
1/4 cup Organic Wholewheat Flour, sifted
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup brewed chai tea (I used Chai Rasayana Black Tea by a touch of tea *)
6 tablespoons butter, unsalted and melted
1 teaspoon lavender flowers
1 cup Xylitol (feel free to substitute sugar )
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Original recipe calls for an addition of 1/4 teaspoon salt.
As I like my tea strong, I used 1 cup boiling water adding 2 – 3 teaspoons of Chai Tea; feel free to adjust flavor for personal taste.
Hint and Tip
Brewed tea needs to be finely strained (I did it twice) and cool before adding it to the milk and lavender. To “speed up” the cooling, I placed it in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
Pre heat oven to 160C. (320F); Oil spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
In a sauce pan, combine milk and lavender; heat over medium; heating to a simmer; remove from heat and allow to cool.
Hint and Tip
To “speed up” cooling, I placed the milk mixture into the fridge for 10 minutes.
In a stand up mixer, cream together melted butter and Xylitol until smooth.
You “may” want to have the melted butter cool slightly.
Add eggs, beating until mixture is “light and fluffy“
In large bowl, combine flours and baking powder.
Add into the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk and lavender, until “just” blended.
Pour mixture in loaf pan.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and wooden toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from oven; cool in the pan on a wire rack.
Original recipe called for 50 minutes at 165C (339F). I do not know if the difference in cooking time had to do with my substitution of the Xylitol for the sugar, but bake until “golden brown and toothpick comes out clean”
Who wants to sing the “Lavender, Lavender, LA LA LA Lavender” song with me?
Do you like the flavor combination of Lavender and Chai Tea?
Will you being making Lavender Chai Tea Cake?
This recipe is healthy way to have your cake and eat it, TRUE!
Now that this recipe was “on the list” and now “off the list” do you now want to “skip” with me too?
a touch of tea
While on holidays in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales here in Australia, I had the occasion to stop into a “wonderfully delightful” tea shop. When “engaged” in conversation with the store owner, I learned about not only her fine selections of teas, but preparation of tea and which teas (to infuse in recipes) would be most suiting for me.
While I did purchase a variety of teas, this Chai Rasayana Black teas (Black tea, cardamon, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, star anise) was provided as a sample for me!
I purchased this mini “lovely” tea set as honestly, it “spoke” to me!
Does this tea set also “speak” to YOU?
Or I am the only one it speaks with today too?