Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Rosemary Loaf Cake

Somedays you go into the kitchen with your best intentions.  You have an idea and a recipe.  You have the ingredients necessary.  Despite all of your efforts and good planning, something isn't right.  
Yesterday, after a trip to the grocery store, I spent about 4 hours trying to make macarons with the aim to pack them up and send them to my mom for Mother's Day.  Instead, I spent 4 hours and got little, thin wafers that, quite honestly, didn't even taste that great.  They ended up in the trash and now I'll have to send a lame card or order flowers or something.  

Sure, cookies that don't turn out perfectly is not that big of a deal in the scheme of things, but it did have the ability to ruin my day.  Because I didn't get those treats in the mail by this morning, my mom isn't getting anything special this Sunday, and what I would really like to do is have a meal with her.  My sister could probably make dinner, I could make dessert.  My other sister could take a nap on the couch ;)
So do me a favor, if you are lucky enough to spend this Sunday at the same table as your mom, make her something delicious.  Appreciate it.  I recommend this Rosemary Loaf Cake.  

Sorry about the macarons, Mom...maybe this cake will be arriving at your house soon!

Recipe from Nigella Lawson
1 c. + 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 1/3 c. self-rising cake flour
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
needles from a 4 inch stalk of rosemary, chopped (pretty small, not tiny)
4 Tbsp. milk
1-2 Tbsp. sugar

1.  Butter and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

2.  Cream the butter.  Add sugar.  Mix in eggs, one at a time.

3.  Slowly mix in the 2 types of flour.  Add vanilla and rosemary.  Mix in milk to thin out the batter (should be about the consistency of any other cake/cupcake batter).  Pour into prepared pan.  Sprinkle the top with sugar.

4.  Bake at 350˚ for 1 hour (knife test).  Cool on wire rack in its pan until it is completely cooled.  Wrap it tightly in foil until ready to serve.


  1. This is my all time favorite line on your entire blog. I litrally LoLed and nearly choked on my water. "My sister could probably make dinner, I could make dessert. My other sister could take a nap on the couch"

    1. There are only a few people in this world that understand the truth in that statement, so I'm glad it wasn't lost on you!

      p.s. Glad you didn't die from asphyxiation.

  2. So, I am forewarned there will be no macaroons!

    1. Yep, sorry. :) I'll make it up to you when I see you next!

  3. no macaroons from me either, i'll be sleeping!...maybe on your couch as a special treat:)


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