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!
ROSEMARY LOAF CAKE
Recipe from Nigella Lawson
1 c. + 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
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.