Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Chocolate, Rosemary and Olive Oil Cake - The Jury's Out
I cribbed this recipe from this lovely blog:
The full recipe is on her site, and I won't repeat it here. It's adapted from a recipe from Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce.
This cake has no butter (or marg), just olive oil and has plenty of chopped nuggets of dark chocolate and a good smattering of finely chopped rosemary. The top is crisp, crunchy and sugared like a muffin. I cooked it for a friend who came for lunch and we both loved it, it's unusual but good. There is a savoury note to the cake (rather like focaccia) but in a good way.
Then I sliced some for my family. My son refused point blank to have anything to do with a herby cake. My daughter tried a few tastes and left the rest (it had chocolate in it, for goodness sake, she must have hated it) and my husband's comment was classic. "It's an anti-cake. You take a bite of it and it makes you never want to eat any more cake again. Ever. It puts you off cake." Charming!
So, I saved a few slices for myself and gave the rest to my friend and her family - all three of them love it (or are being very polite!). The jury's out 4 people love it, 3 people loathe it. What do you think?