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I made Kim Boyce's olive oil cake with rosemary and chocolate recently and we loved the cake but did not like the rosemary in the cake. I

would like to make the cake again without the rosemary. Any suggestions? The cake is an olive oil cake with spelt flour and chopped chocolate.

asked by Stephanie G over 3 years ago
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added over 3 years ago

What I meant to say is, do you have suggestions to replace the rosemary?

Face_hat_underpainting_1
added over 3 years ago

More traditional flavor combo, but how about orange zest?

Buddhacat
SKK
added over 3 years ago

Basil would be great or cayenne or dried red peppers. Also lemon zest or lavender.

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added over 3 years ago

Oh! I'm so torn...so many good suggestions. I love the lemon or orange but I am very attracted to the red peppers too...

Buddhacat
SKK
added over 3 years ago

Try all three, and have a taste-test with friends!

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added over 3 years ago

I'm curious if you thought the rosemary was overwhelming or you just didn't like it in this cake. Sticking with the herb theme I would try bay leaf, thyme, or savory.

Now if you thought the rosemary was overwhelming I'd say infuse it in the olive oil but then again I don't know the recipe.

For me Queen of Spoons takes the cake I'd go for the orange. I'm not sure how it would pair with the olive oil but I know it would be awesome with the chocolate.

Please report back with your results.

Port2
added over 3 years ago

Stephanie G, any chance of you posting that recipe? It sounds so tempting!

Buddhacat
SKK
added over 3 years ago

@nogaga Google it and it will show up in Kim Boyce's blog as well as 101 cookbooks.

Port2
added over 3 years ago

Thank you SKK of the beautiful cat!

Buddhacat
SKK
added over 3 years ago

@nogaga, Tom the Cat says thank you!

Dscn2212
boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 3 years ago

Thank you nogaga and SKK. I was about to post the same question. Great cat, by the way.

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added over 3 years ago

To olive2eat: I LOVE rosemary. Have it in my backyard. In my opinion, it did not go with the chocolate. The cake seemed to have an identity crisis! However, I seem to be in the minority in this opinion. I would encourage everyone to purchase this cookbook, Good to the Grain. I have had it for about a year, and I have actually made about 40% of the recipes. I love the book. The photography is beautiful and the recipes are delicious.