The Rosemary Lemon Polenta Cake from the book Coffee Cakes: Simple, Sweet and Savory by Lou Seibert Pappas is the next bake for the members of The Home Bakers. The Home Bakers is hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. If you are keen to join us, please contact Joyce.
You are probably wondering where is the rosemary in the cake since you don't see anything green in the photos. This particular recipe is really interesting because it gives you an option between using rosemary or lavender - which will give different the cake a different aroma and flavour. I have a fresh rosemary plant but choose to use dried lavender as its been a while since I have baked with lavender. Besides, I have always wanted to make a lavender cake.
The lavender flowers steeped in the buttermilk blends well with the lemon and makes the cake both aromatic and refreshing. This cake has fine, moist crumbs and a melt in the mouth type of texture.
I baked half the recipe in a loaf tin and this is my scaled down list of ingredients. Please go to Angela of The Charmed Cupcake for the full recipe.
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or fresh lavender blossoms, or 3/4 tablespoons dried lavender blossoms
- 1/4 cup finely ground polenta or cornmeal
- 113 g unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar (I used about half this amount)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 heaped teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1/6 cup sugar
- 1/6 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/6 cup water
- 1 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or fresh lavender blossoms or 3/4 tablespoons dried lavender blossoms
This is for Herbs on Saturday hosted by Lavender and Lovage.
Your cake has lovely texture! We like this cake too, with the buttery and moist crumbs, and very fragrant from the lavender! Just the type of cake that I would love to have with my cuppa tea!
Good morning Mich, This lemon polenta cake looks pretty with lavenda on it. Would definitely love to make this as I've never used lavenda in my bakes. Thank you for sharing :)ReplyDelete
Hi Mich, your cake looks fantastic! Love the soft moist texture of it. But I hv nvr really fancy Lavender, find the smell n taste too overwhelming for me..kekeke:-pReplyDelete
This cake texture look really moist. The lavender must have given this cake great flower aroma in it; and really good to go with a cup of tea!
Your cake looks wonderful. Perfect texture.ReplyDelete
Lovely original flavours Mich, think I would have opted for Lavender over Rosemary too. The cake looks nice and moist.ReplyDelete
Hi Mich, what a unique combination of flavors, i hv never had a lavender bread before. Will see if i can manage to find dried lavender.ReplyDelete
I love lavender bake...with lemon, even better! I think I can smell it from here! You always have a healthy way through your bakes, awesome Mich!ReplyDelete
Hi Mich, I love the look of this cake, it must be very fragrant with the lavendar and lemon flavors...will make this when I have lavendar:DReplyDelete
Very interesting flavours - I think I would go for the rosemary version. Beautiful photos Mich.ReplyDelete
Mich, I never have anything that was made with lavender before but I really like the flower itself, both fresh & dried flowers! This cake has a very special combination in flavour!ReplyDelete
I bet it would be lovely with rosemary or lavender! It sounds great.ReplyDelete
Mich , such an interesting combo of flavor in this pretty cake ! Lovely moist texture and the sprinkled dried lavender on top is a nice touch :DReplyDelete
Hi Mich, this cake look interesting and very nice combination. Love the lavender & rosemary.ReplyDelete
Have a nice week ahead.
mich this looks great.. The polenta cake looks so moist and fluffy!!ReplyDelete
Mich that cake looks delicious I wish I can get hold of some lavender. I need to buy to try this cake.ReplyDelete
Nice cake...lavender and lemon sounds really flavorful. Beautiful pictures as well...ReplyDelete
Enjoy your week Mich ;)
Can I have a slice for tea? Looks good.ReplyDelete
Mich, the cakes looks very moist and tender. I must find out where to but lavender. I love the soothing smell.ReplyDelete
God bless you Mich!!ReplyDelete
I'm looking for lavender-recipes
I have tons of dried lavender, and this is just the cake for me.
Thanks sooooooo much for this.
Happy Spring! I am sure this delightful polenta lemon and lavender cake is like a taking a bite of spring with each bite. Super moist and delightful.ReplyDelete
I can imagine this cake is very good..ReplyDelete
I agree with you that the crumb texture is amazing! Fabulous results you got there!
Your cake turned out so pretty with a beautiful texture and I'll bet it was very fragrant with the lavender.
I'm glad you enjoy this cake as much as I did :)
I have never bake with lavender before but i love the aroma of it.
I bet this polenta cake smells great and taste great too.
I've never had lavender cake before but I have tried lavender macarons before and I do love the taste and smell. Your cake looks so moist as always!ReplyDelete
ciao! luvFAB recipe.ReplyDelete
This is a wonderful recipe Mich! I am a big fun of polenta and I find it very interesting pairing it with Lavender. Delicious.ReplyDelete
Mich, I can smell the lavender fragrance from here, yum!ReplyDelete
Mich, like you, I love the aromatic fragrance of the lavender :) It just soothes and calms you but yet entices you to eat the cake!! I love your pretty pictures.ReplyDelete
This cake texture looks so perfect here. I love it.ReplyDelete
The cake looks really moist and I bet your kitchen must have smelled wonderful while it bakes.ReplyDelete
Beautiful bake with perfect texture! YUM! ;)ReplyDelete
This cake looks so tasty! I have yet to try any food with lavender in it, but I've seen a lot of recipes floating around... I might have to give in soon, especially looking out how great this cake looks. Plus, I love the dried lavender in the photos. The little hints of purple are so appealing :)ReplyDelete
hi mich, just made the cake with rosemary. i like it too and you're right about the texture!ReplyDelete
So pretty Mich!!! I haven't used lavender in baking but I've been always curious. The closest I tried is lavender tea...which is not the same I know. Always get attracted to citrus flavor in desserts. Beautiful cake!ReplyDelete
Such an amazing addition of lavender in the bakeReplyDelete
I have never baked with lavender and can't quite imagine the taste. I would have to be a little daring to try this.ReplyDelete
Stunning entry thanks Joyce,and thanks for being such a wonderful supporter of Herbs on Saturday! KarenReplyDelete
I finally made this cake yesterday and we simply loved it !!
It would be great to read more concerning that blog..!Thank you for posting this blog.ReplyDelete