Friday, April 12, 2013

Rosemary Polenta Cake


Have you tried putting rosemary in a cake? This is our latest bake at The Home Bakers ( THB ), our 16th bake so far from the book, Coffee Cakes by Lou Seibert Pappas. This recipe gives us the option to use fresh rosemary, fresh lavender or dried lavender blossoms and although i have some dried lavender at home, i chose to stick to the original recipe which calls for rosemary. I do not know if i like the scent of rosemary in my cakes therefore i put in less than the required amount in the recipe..about 1/2 tbsp.  I am glad that i did not put in all cos somebody in my family said it tasted strange...and to be honest, in the beginning i also thought it's a little strange..but not going to give this recipe a pass because i'm just curious to taste as well.



This cake has a nice texture, light and kind of fluffy and fragrant too with the addition of some cornmeal in the cake. As for the rosemary, i can say that it gives me a pleasant taste to the cake..just a little hint of the rosemary which i think it's quite unique too. Still, i think it's really up to individuals to accept the taste of rosemary in cakes. I have halved the recipe and made them in muffin pans and it yields 12 muffins altogether and i have skipped the rosemary lemon syrup which is supposed to drizzle onto the cake after baking. Not a problem for me, i still find it's a nice tea cake. For recipe, kindly refer to the host of this bake, Angela from The Charmed Cupcake and to view the group baking, you can click here.


34 comments:

  1. They look good! So, how many times a week do you bake? Do you eat the food you bake for breakfast every morning....sitting on the barstool with a cup of coffee? or sitting outside and enjoy some ME time?

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    1. hey, i just realised you people were chatting and chatting this morning, sooo many msgs this morning..luckily i put on silent mode..if not cannot enjoy breakfast!! yes, need some ME time :D

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    2. what were you doing when we were chatting? eating the polenta? hahahaha. do you meet up every friday? uwawaaaawawwa...i so miss all of you!

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  2. I have only tried rosemary in cookies/shortbread ~ but unfortunate that time I didnt do well in that baked. I can see that very well your cake is light and fluffy and wouldnt mind to give this a try out one day.

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  3. Hi Lena, I was wondering where u get your dried lavender from?

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    1. it was a gift from a friend :)

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    2. i think you can get them from those stalls that sell tea leaves/flowers in supermarkets.

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  4. Lena! Love the color of your mini version of this bake! Texture looks good! I totally forgot not to drizzle one of my mini cakes with the syrup but betcha its great too without!

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  5. Hi Lena, so the taste sweet or savoury? I think it would taste good with some addition of bacon or ham and cheese haha. Your muffins look very moist and light, perfect for a light breakfast or tea.

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  6. Hi Lena! With all due respect to the host, I think your mini version looks better. :D

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  7. The texture of the cake looks so soft and fluffy. Cute too.

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  8. The texture of your cake looks great. I really enjoyed this cake using lavender... I am not sure if rosemary would taste better?

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  9. Lena, very cute cakes :) Never tried cake with rosemary in it but I think I would prefer rosemary in breads.

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  10. Lovely rosemary polenta cakes!!! I also never try rosemary cake, will like to try it next time!

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  11. Looks really good, I like rosemary in bread, so this should be nice too:)...nice photos!

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  12. This sounds interesting to add rosemary in cake. Looks very delicious and wish that I can have a piece of it.

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  13. Lena, I never eat cake with rosemary before, sound interesting.

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  14. Rosemary in a cake is surely interesting, would be nice if i can have one to entertain my curiosity :) Love the soft, fluffy texture.

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  15. I love your straw tray....hehe. Of course I love your cake too. Never heard of adding rosemary into cake. I'm sure it gives a lovely smell to it. I have never tried using polenta in my cake. The texture of your cake actually looks really good. Well done for trying, Lena!

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  16. Lena , your presentation is gorgeous ! Love that bamboo tray :D Love rosemary in savoury goodies but haven't tried it in sweet cakes yet :P

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  17. Hi Lena,
    Your cake looks good baked in cupcakes form! I made mine with lavender, maybe I'll give it a try with rosemary one of these days!

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  18. Oh yum! I have never put rosemary in a cake, but it sounds fantastic!

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  19. Looks beautiful your polenta cake, like the rosemary in it...looks so light and fluffy.
    Have a great weekend Lena :)

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  20. Love rosemary and have a feeling it's delicious in this cake!

    Sues

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  21. I've never use any herbs in my bakes but this sure looks very good and I bet the rosemary is very fragrant. Lena, would you be so kind to send me a dozen of those?? Sedap ler..

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  22. I adore polenta cakes, Lena. The rosemary must have lent these mini cakes a really special aroma.

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  23. thanks everyone for coming by to leave your comments. Sorry i hv been spending less time blogging for the past one week but will visit all of you soon! thanks a lot!!

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  24. I love rosemary in creme brulee!

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  25. Lena,

    your rosemary-polenta muffins turn out so pretty!! I love your pictures and also the fact that you did enjoy it after deciding to stick to rosemary :)

    Looking forward to our next bake together!

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  26. It certainly sounds intriguing. Cupcakes were a good compromise for a new taste.

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  27. Hi Lena,

    So glad you tried this recipe. It was my first time baking with rosemary in a cake. You muffins turned out beautifully and moist.
    xoxo
    Angela

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