Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The day is blue

Its sharply blue here today in New Mexico.  The rosemary looks like there was a pale blue snowfall during the night.  All of a sudden- so many flowers.  I'm craving a cornmeal cake that is soaked in rosemary syrup
and if I candy these tiny flowers I think they'll be beautiful on top of what is really a kind of plain looking dessert.
I always think of Wendy trying to protect the Lost Boys and Peter Pan from having "damp cake",as if a cake that hadn't sat for a bit to dry out would give you a stomach ache.  When I read that as a child I was determined to have it anyway and it is the only kind of cake I truly can't resist.   Also, it has never caused any kind of side effect other than my waking up in the night and remembering there's more.
So, yes, this is a wet cake,with a substantial texture and a rosemary perfume.  Its a rustic cake that I usually serve after a Moroccan or Greek dinner although I think its perfect too with coffee for breakfast. Or the middle of the night.
This is a recipe from the 1995 June edition of Gourmet Magazine

Cornmeal Cake with Sweet Rosemary Syrup

!/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
2/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350

Beat with an electric mixer the butter and sugar till light and fluffy.  Add the remaining ingredients and beat on low speed till combined. Beat batter on high speed till pale yellow- about 3 minutes.

Pour batter in pan and bake 40 minutes- or until tester comes out of middle with a few crumbs adhering to it.
Make Rosemary Syrup while cake is baking

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. ass is spreading just from reading your blog!!! Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. Going to try this cake. It sounds heavenly.

  2. Hmmm, a flyer had Black berries on sale.... Need to remember who had them. Probably use Basil in place of Rosemary, as neither of us are that fond of it. Orange would be nice in place of Lemon with Basil.