Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Bread

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Whether purple, due any measure of acidity, or purely blue, butterfly pea flower tea makes for a vibrant and festive bread. Grated pecorino cheese is the touch of acidity that made this beautiful lilac colored bread dough its color. 

butterfly pea flower bread for a girlie luncheon
Butterfly Pea Flower Bread For A Girlie Luncheon

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

What woman wouldn’t delight in a colorful cup of tea or slice of bread for a girlie-gathering over lunch or afternoon tea!

This beautiful herbal tea is a delicate tasting tea created from dried flower petals of the Clitoria tematea plant. Weird name for a plant but oh my goodness the flowers are gorgeous. 

blue tea that turns purple
Blue Tea That Turns Purple

While the tea is not particularly intense in flavor, often likened to the flavor of chamomile, it certainly is intense in color. 

In fact, the color of the tea is often said to have a sorcerer hidden inside because with only a dribble of something acidic, the intense blue turns to magenta before your eyes. 

Bread

You KNOW by now that I love making bread, both yeast bread and quick breads. Truth be known, I could live off Homemade Bread, cheese, olives, grapes, wine and honey desserts!

Bread, though is really just some type of flour, yeast and water. So, being the creative gal that loves texture and color, I needed to expand my bread making into the magical realm of the ‘unusual’!

Homemade Bread Of Vibrant Natural Colors

What color can you make bread? Any darn color of the rainbow, naturally! At Christmas time, I am in love with my divine loaf of Beet and Spinach bread. 

beet and spinach bread
Beet and Spinach Bread

The color is vibrant but I put garlic, and cheese and herbs in the dough and quite honestly, who needs anything else!

When I first came across this Butterfly Pea Flower Tea, I knew I had to make bread with it! Remember, I grew up in a heritage that also ate rose petals and orange blossom long before western folks knew about ‘eatable flowers’!

Making Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Bread

Blue or Purple? That was the question. I knew that the intense blue would change to purple with any amount of acidity and so I went with purple, knowing there had to be an element of acidity in the bread dough.

risen dough
Risen Dough
plain and butterfly pea flower dough ready to shape
Plain and Butterfly Pea Flower Dough Ready To Shape

White and Lilac dough would be made separately, risen and then braided, twisted or stacked on top of each other, rolled together and sliced beautifully. The magic that happened in the oven is not of my doing!

Fray edges on one side of dough before rolling for a lovely appearance after baked
Fray Edges On One Side Of Dough Before Rolling For A Lovely Appearance After Baked

I planned a girl’s luncheon just so I could showoff the gorgeous bread. It was pretty, for sure, but since the flavor of the flower is gentle I added a finely grated cheese to the dough to give it flavor but there also was where the acidity came from. Otherwise the bread would have been blue!

ready to bake
Ready To Bake

Ingredients Needed

  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Grated cheese
  • Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
  • Egg
  • Tea strainer
  • Oil – to oil the rising bowl
ingredients and equipment
Ingredients and Equipment

Equipment Needed

  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • Basting brush
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Cheese grater – unless your cheese comes grated
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Plastic wrap – to cover both bowls while bread rises
  • Oven
butterfly peas flower bread slice
Butterfly Pea Flower Bread Slice

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Bread

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Bread Muffins u0026amp; CrackersCuisine: Artisan Breads
Servings

2

Loaves

Whether purple, due any measure of acidity, or purely blue, butterfly pea flower tea makes for a vibrant and festive bread.

Ingredients

  • White Dough

  • Yeast – 2 teaspoons

  • Sugar – 1 tbsp

  • Flour – 3 – 4 cups, more for shaping

  • Water – 1 1/2 cups

  • Salt – 1 tbsp

  • Purple Dough

  • Yeast – 2 tsp

  • Sugar 1 tbsp

  • Flour – 3 -4 cups

  • Grated Pecorino cheese – 1/4 cup

  • Water – 1 1/2 cups

  • Butterfly Pea Flower Tea – 1 tbsp

  • Egg wash – 1 egg mixed with 1 tbsp water

  • Oil – enough to oil both bowls when rising

Directions

  • Purple Dough – Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water in a bowl along with the Butterfly Pea flower tea petals. Allow to steep while making the white dough.
  • White Dough – Pour water in a bowl. Sprinkle yeast and sugar on top. Let sit 5 minutes to form a foam.
  • Sprinkle salt and add a little flour. Stir. Slowly add flour and stir until it becomes difficult to stir. Now it’s time to get a little messy. With your hands, begin to press added flour into the dough, add more flour, and keep pressing and folding, adding flour until it forms a lovely plump ball.
  • In a clean bowl, pour a little oil to glaze the bowl. Place dough ball in the oiled bowl, cover and let it sit in a warm (not hot) place to rise. It will rise in about one hour.
  • Purple Dough – Skim the flower petals out from the bowl, pour the remaining 1 cup of room temperature water into the bowl. Sprinkle yeast and sugar on top. Let sit 5 minutes to form a foam.
  • Sprinkle in the salt, pecorino cheese and add a little flour. Stir. Slowly add flour and stir until it becomes difficult to stir. With your hands, begin to press added flour into the dough, add more flour, and keep pressing and folding, adding flour until it forms a lovely plump ball.
  • Both Dough. Lightly oil two separate bowls and place the dough balls in each bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm, not hot, place until double in size, about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Sprinkle flour on a counter top or work surface.
  • Take one risen dough, sprinkle flour on top, punch it down, transfer it to the floured countertop and roll it into a long log. *Other shape options, see notes
  • Take the other dough out and repeat doing the same.
  • Lay the two long logs of dough side by side, pinch the ends together at one end, and begin to wrap the two around each other. Either bring together into a circle of twisted dough or leave in a long log of twisted dough.
  • Place the dough on the parchment paper lines baking sheet, brush with egg wash and allow to rest 30 minutes.
  • Bake until the bread is firm on the outside, about 20 – 25 minutes. Cool and Serve.

Notes

  •  For a finished loaf, as I have here, roll out each dough to a large rectangle, place one on top of the other, make 3-inch cuts along one end (looking almost like frayed edges), roll the uncut edge all the way to the cut edge. Place on a baking sheet to bake. The cut edges gives an unusual finished look. 
butterfly pea flower tea bread
Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Bread
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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