Again, for June I turned to Rachel Patterson’s fabulous Practically Pagan Cooking book for inspiration. One of the first things that jumped out at me was Rosemary Cake. Sounds very strange but I was intrigued and I know it will be delicious, so I decided to give it a go!
Rosemary has the following correspondences so is perfect of course, for the month of June!
250g/9 oz butter, soft and diced
200g/7 oz caster sugar
3 large eggs
210g/7.4 oz self-raising flour
90g/3 oz plain flour (all purpose)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Leaves from a 10cm stalk of rosemary, chopped finely
4 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of caster sugar, extra
Preheat oven to 325F/170C/Gas 3 and grease and line a loaf tin.
In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth and light
Beat in the eggs one at a time, folding in a heaped spoonful of flour after each addition, then add the rest of the flour and mix well. Add the rosemary (I used mine from my garden) and the vanilla.
Add the milk and mix well before spooning the mixture into the lined loaf tin. I didn't add the extra sugar but if you want to, sprinkle the extra over the mixture before baking.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Leave to cool on a wire rack in the tin. *
* I have to say, that this is delicious with a cup of tea in the afternoon or evening. I also think you could serve it with custard or cream too!
The following are two fabulous blogs by two very dear friends and fellow hearth guardians – one is a recipe for a rosemary loaf cake and the other one all about rosemary and its wonderful properties.
Photo - my own
Recipe used with kind permission from Rachel Patterson from her book 'Practically Pagan - an alternative guide to Cooking'