Rosemary loaf cake

24 Oct

Rosemary loaf cake

As much as I love the flavour of rosemary, and as happily as it thrives year-round in our garden, I don’t actually cook many dishes that call for it. Roast lamb, beef stroganoff, maybe a couple of stalks in a tray of roast potatoes – that’s about it.

Which is why rosemary loaf cake was one of the first recipes I cooked from  Nigella Lawson’s How To Be a Domestic Goddess. I wouldn’t have thought of baking with rosemary, but found that I loved its slightly astringent taste paired with the buttery sweetness of the cake.

Since then, I always make rosemary loaf cake at this time of year to eat with applesauce and a dollop of whipped cream – an autumnal take on strawberry shortcake.

Rosemary loaf cake
(about 12 slices)

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar (plus a few tsp extra to sprinkle on top)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 4 Tb milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and line a medium (2 lb) loaf tin.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating in a teaspoon of flour after each addition.
  4. Add the vanilla, then fold in the rest of the flour with a rubber spatula.
  5. Fold in the chopped rosemary.
  6. Thin the batter with milk until it has a dropping consistency.
  7. Scrape the batter into the tin and sprinkle the top with sugar.
  8. Bake for about one hour, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  9. Cool on a wire rack before removing from the tin.

Rosemary loaf cake

5 Responses to “Rosemary loaf cake”

  1. Heidie Makes October 25, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Sounds yummy 🙂

    • Andrea October 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

      Thank you!

  2. Yana October 30, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Ah, I have the same book by Nigella and often looking at this recipe was thinking to have a go, but came around yet. Now, looking at your successful result, I will definitely make this loaf. 🙂 Applesauce and cream sounds perfect match!

    • Andrea October 30, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

      It is very satisfying Yana… let me know how you get on with it.


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