Rosemary Loaf Cake

Rosemary.... cake???? Garlic.... bread?????

I love rosemary in anything but had never tried a cake. I've looked at this recipe of Nigella Lawson's for years (How to be a domestic goddess). So combined with needing to make a good cake for the foodies of the East End Runners for Anne Jane's birthday today (hooray!!!) and the fact that I struggle to over-winter my beautiful rosemary plants here in the frozen land of Squirrels. We gave this a go. And it is worth it. My attempt to translate into USA cups in red.

Paula from Pitt

  • 250 g soft unsalted butter 2 sticks+2 tbsp
  • 200 g golden caster sugar 1 cup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 210 g 11/2 cups self raising flour + 90 g  1/2 cup+1 tbsp plain flour (I used 300 g 2 cups+1 tbsp plain flour + 21/2 tsp baking powder)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 cm 3-4 in sprig rosemary take leaves off, chop small (not fine)
  • 4 tbsp milk (I used 6 tbsp)
  • 1-2 tbsp caster sugar (or rosemary sugar)
  • 2lb loaf tin buttered and lined

Preheat oven to 170C, Gas 3, 325F.

Cream soft butter and sugar until pale & fluffy.

Beat in the eggs one at a time, folding in a spoonful of flour after each egg. Add the vanilla.

Fold in the rest of the flour, then the rosemary. Thin the batter with the milk to "soft, dropping consistency" - I confess this wasn't too clear to me so I added a drop more milk until the "batter" could be poured albeit with a prod.

Pour into the prepared pan, sprinkle the top with sugar and bake for about an hour. Cool cake in the tin on a wire rack. Can be wrapped and stored for a couple of days.

Serves 8-10.

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Posted by: Rachel Neil | 12 May 2011 01:42:20

I've seen several rosemary cake recipes here and there and have tried some on at least two occasions. I found on the website of the recipe club I use as well, which was very tasty as well. I'm glad they're gaining in popularity.

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