Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cooking With Herbs -- Louisburg Style!

North of us is another wonderful town with a great Cider Mill -- a favorite stop whenever we go to or from the city. Saturday, I ventured north to the Cider Mill for a . . .
cooking class! -- on cooking with herbs -- two passions of mine -- cooking and herbs! Not as an attendee but rather as the instructor!
My table for the class with both show and tells and tastings!
For show and tell -- favorite books on cooking with herbs, herbal sugars and salts and a bottle of my tarragon vinegar.
The tastings -- Louisburg's own Rabbit Creek Three Cheese bread mix to which I added dill and an orange rosemary pound cake.

I had a grand time at the class and I'll be back next year for another (and different) Cooking With Herb Class, in case you missed this one!

My table for Tabletop Tuesday is my table for my cooking class. Please join Marty at A Stroll Thru Life to see what else is on tabletops this Tuesday.

The orange rosemary pound cake is a favorite and the one that I make most often. And more often than not, I bake it in my tube pan rather than in a loaf pan. I decorated it for the class with an orange glaze, branches of candied rosemary and strips of orange peel.

The cake:


1/2 c butter

3 eggs

1/2 c. sour cream

1 1/2 c. flour

1/4 t. baking powder

1/8 t. baking soda

1 cup sugar

1/2 t. vanilla

1 1/4 t. finely grated orange peel

1 t. rosemary, minced

Let butter, eggs and 1/2 cup sour cream stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grease and lightly flour an 8 x 4 x 2 or 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan (or a tube pan). Stir together flour, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, beating about 10 minutes or till light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Add dry mixture and sour cream alternately to beaten mixture, beating on low to medium speed after each addition just till combined. Press batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake in a 325 oven for 60 to 75 minutes or till a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan; cool on rack.

I made a glaze with powdered sugar and fresh squeeze orange juice and drizzled over the top and then put branches of candied rosemary on top along with long thin strips of orange peel.


joey said...

Love this cake. Cooking with Herbs is an old favorite cookbook.

GardenOfDaisies said...

I would have loved to come to your class. But we had things to do for the kids this weekend... Had to drive to college town and move son and all his stuff out the college dorm and back home. And then we had to get daughter to the drop off point for the ride to her summer class in Appalachia. (since there was no place at the pick up point where she could park her car for three weeks.)
Anyway...hopefully another time. :-)

Suz said...

your blog is a respite from the real world and for that I say thankyou

Ann said...

This looks like so much fun! I like cooking with Herbs too, they really can make a big difference. Have a good evening.

Allie and Pattie said...

I love the orange rosemary combination. I have an herb bread to make tomorrow and I'm thinking I may add some orange peel
xoxo pattie

Pondside said...

Lucky attendees at this class!
That pound cake looks like just the thing for an early evening snack with a cup of herbal tea.

Anonymous said...

Yum! Your cake looks so good! I've taken a cooking class!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Unknown said...

Looks yummy.

Stacey said...

Oh yum! It has just been in the last few years that I discovered the glory of rosemary. Now I find myself trying to add it to many foods. I will try your poundcake!

Creations By Cindy said...

Would love to have some pound cake with you! How yummy! Be blessed. Cindy

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my goodness, your table looks just fabulous and the food looks so yummy. I would just eat the whole pound cake and that would be a problem. It does sound so good. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty