Nigella’s Rosemary Loaf Cake
I have been meaning to make this cake for about a year. So glad I finally got around to it, because it was just the thing to have with a nice cup of tea. The recipe is more or less as it appears in Nigella’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess  book. She uses a mixture of self-raising and plain flour, but I’ve just specified plain flour plus baking powder here. And I’ve added a pinch of salt. I’ve learned that from Jenni . Nigella also specifies golden caster sugar, but you could use other brown sugar, white caster sugar or even regular sugar.
- 300g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 large eggs
- 200g caster sugar
- 250g unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp chopped rosemary needles
- approx 4 tblsp milk
- 1-2 tblsp rosemary sugar  or caster sugar for sprinkling on top
You’ll also need:
- A loaf tin – 23 x 13 x 7cm – greased and lined
- Preheat your oven to 170C, grease your tin and line with greaseproof paper.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
- Cream the butter until very soft, then add the sugar and continuing creaming until pale and smooth.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, folding in a spoonful of the flour mixture after each addition, then add the vanilla.
- Fold in the rest of the flour and then add the chopped rosemary.
- Thin the batter with milk until you have a soft dropping consistency.
- Pour into the tin and sprinkle with the additional rosemary sugar or caster sugar.
- Cook for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Mine actually took more like 1 hour 20 minutes to cook.
- Leave to cool in the tin, sitting on a wire rack, then remove from the tin and have a slice (or two) with a nice cup of tea. You could also follow Nigella’s suggestion and serve it along with some stewed apple.
- I might add some lemon zest next time around. I felt like doing that this time, but thought I should get to know the original first.
- Next time, I might use Jenni’s latest baking suggestion and replace the milk with some softly whipped cream  for a more melty cake.
- One cake, which you may or may not feel like sharing with others.