Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hibiscus Sweet Bread #BreadBakers

This delicious lemon sweet bread has a special swirl surprise of Hibsicus flowers.  It is perfect for breakfast, a snack or even dessert.

Join the Bread Bakers today as we share bread that includes flowers for this Springtime event.......

It seems like a long while since I have participated in Bread Bakers but I only missed April.  That's how much I love this group.  I almost thought I wasn't going to be able to participate this month either but I will tell you more about that in a minute.

I was excited when Mireille of The Schizo Chef chose this theme for our breads because I had a whole huge bag of Hibiscus flowers sitting in my cupboard from a previous blogging event for FoodnFlix.  I used them to make Agua de Jamaica after watching the movie Coco.

I used the flowers again for FoodnFlix when I made these I Vant Your Blood Martinis......yep the film that month was Dracula.  Since then they have just been sitting in my pantry ignored but not forgotten.

Before I tell you about my recipe that almost didn't get posted let's take a look at what breads the others made using flowers.

Floral Flavored Breads

Those are some delicious sounding recipes and I can't wait to check them all out but right now I want to tell you about my recipe.  I found this recipe by Allison Stewart over at Food52.  Allison too, ended up with a huge bag of Hibiscus flowers and had created this bread when trying to use hers up.  I'm glad I'm not the only one LOL.

I adapted the directions slightly, using a 5.3 oz container of Greek yogurt and self rising flour instead of adding baking powder.  I also used the juice of half a regular lemon for the lemon flavored batter as I had no Meyer lemons available to me.  I used my vitamix blender to pulverize the flowers into a powder.   Turned out beautiful, didn't it?  It was very delicious and I loved the bright combination of flavors.

But in the interest of Full Disclosure.........

Yep, not so beautiful now is it?  It overflowed everywhere.  Luckily I had place it on a silicone covered baking pan while in the oven.  It was browning way too fast so I covered it loosely with foil after the first 30 minutes of baking.

I took it over to the sink and started trimming away all the excess batter that had spilled over and gotten too dark.  That helped a lot but there was still that sunken center.  I can only contribute that to the fact that I used self rising flour that perhaps didn't contain enough leavening agent.  The next time I make this bread, and there will be a next time because it is soooooo good, I will follow Allison's directions and use 2 cups all purpose flour with 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

It turned out of the pan very nicely and I was starting to feel better about being able to share this with you today.

Then, when I slice it and saw this beautiful Hibiscus Swirl and tasted it and swooned, I knew that I had to join in this month's event and share this wonderful bread.


#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

#bread, #quickbread, #lemon, #hibiscus, #flowers,
Bread, Breakfast, Sweets, Snacks
Yield: 10 Servings (1 loaf)

Hibiscus Sweet Bread

prep time: 15 Mcook time: 70 Mtotal time: 85 M
This delicious lemon sweet bread has a special swirl surprise of Hibsicus flowers. It is perfect for breakfast, a snack or even dessert.


  • 5 eggs
  • 1 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 (5.3 oz) carton plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 T. dried Hibiscus flowers, ground or pureed into a powder
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon


How to cook Hibiscus Sweet Bread

  1. In large bowl of stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the eggs and sugar until light yellow.  Add the zest, vanilla and yogurt.  Mix until combined.
  2. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour, baking powder and salt, just until incorporated.   Add the butter and beat until smooth.
  3. Pour half the batter into the small bowl of the stand mixer. 
  4. Add the lemon juice to the batter in the large bowl and mix until incorporated. Remove from stand and place small bowl on mixer.  Add the Hibiscus powder and mix until incorporated.
  5. Pour half the lemon batter into a loaf pan that has been treated with baking spray.  Top with the Hibiscus batter and then cover with the remaining lemon batter.  Swirl a knife through the batter.
  6. Place the loaf pan onto a baking sheet that is covered  with parchment or a silicone mat.  Place into a preheated 350* oven for 60-70 minutes, until a skewer inserted removes cleanly.  Cover lightly with foil if the top begins getting too browned.
  7. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before turning onto the rack to cool completely.


Adapted from a recipe by Allison Stewart posted at Food52.
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  1. I love the color of that Hibiscus bread.

    1. It was so good Sneha. I will be making this recipe again.

  2. You've gotten some mileage from those hibiscus flowers. I love when that happens. Gorgeous bread!

  3. That is a gorgeous piece of loaf with hibiscus flowers. Love the swirl it has got


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