Cornmeal Poundcake with Rosemary Syrup & Candied Rosemary

I felt a bit restless over the long Columbus Day weekend, so I took advantage of the time and made this cornmeal poundcake with rosemary syrup and candied rosemary. This recipe is from the November 2006 Bon Appetit issue and originally calls for poached pears to be served alongside the cake. However, I recently did a poached pear dessert with French Fridays with Dorie, so I skipped that part and made everything else in the recipe which can be found here. I highly enjoyed the rosemary-infused syrup and found it somewhat bold and different to serve with a sweet poundcake slice. I didn’t even miss the poached pears!

54 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 19:42:05

    rosemary infused syrup – SO delicious and the poundcake is perfect!
    Mary x

  2. thekalechronicles
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 19:46:46

    Rosemary is such a strong flavor. I’d be interested in tasting it candied.

  3. Ronda
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 20:00:23

    Wow! That does look tasty!

  4. tracy
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 20:22:00

    Oh my that looks yummy. I think that it has rosemary in it makes it sound very interesting.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  5. Cakelaw
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 20:28:41

    This looks fab YC – no pears needed for this amazing dessert.

  6. Ryan
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 20:36:45

    Your pound cake looks beautiful and the cornmeal and rosemary sound delicious together! A perfect fall dessert!

  7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 20:40:07

    I really like this whole concept. And I like the idea of eating it even more!

  8. Betty
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 21:04:12

    The rosemary syrup sounds delicious with that cake!🙂

  9. hotlyspiced
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 21:04:17

    This is a lovely looking cake and I’m intrigued by the rosemary syrup. I’d like to try that xx

  10. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 21:14:20

    I have been looking for a poundcake recipe! This looks delicious, thanks🙂

  11. Choc Chip Uru
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 22:02:16

    I love the idea of poundcake and syrup that seriously just rocks😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  12. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 22:34:29

    I like the sound of rosemary-infused syrup… sounds delicious!🙂 My son was off from his school on Friday, so our 4 day weekend was actually nice… heheh.

  13. tokyohamster
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 23:02:27

    these look great!

  14. Tandy
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 23:03:38

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, I’ve got a lot of rosemary in my garden🙂

  15. Zen and Genki
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 23:11:27

    If I had a nickle for every time I wished to be a guest at your tea table, I’d be a rich blogger🙂 Looks wonderful!

  16. Three Well Beings
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 23:50:13

    Whoa! Candied rosemary? This is really something. I do have a lot of rosemary. And I have never heard of a cornmeal poundcake. This sounds unique, and yummy! Debra

  17. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 02:15:46

    What a gorgeous cake! The cornmeal really would stand up well to the rosemary and give such a lovely texture. I love the candied rosemary too.

  18. cquek
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 03:24:45

    Thank you for sharing this recipe and such beautiful, clear photos! It makes reading your blog such a pleasure!

  19. Amanda chic
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 04:27:28

    Cake is my weakness !😀

    I really love it

    A chic kiss😉

  20. Ei
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 05:53:04

    Neat! I baked an olive oil cornmeal rosemary bundt cake from David Lebovitz last year, and the flavors worked amazingly well. Better than I expected them to, to be honest. Intrigued by your candied rosemary.

  21. daniela
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 05:58:57

    what a great recipe!
    Thanks
    Daniela
    http://ambassadorstable.blogspot.it/

  22. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 07:09:38

    Wow this cake sounds irresistible! I love the idea of rosemary infused…must give it a go.🙂

  23. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 07:16:23

    rosemary infused syrup sounds like a fantastic idea and the candied rosemary is super interesting.

  24. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 08:30:21

    I just made rosemary infused olive oil. Hmm, this sounds amazing. Hope you enjoyed your long weekend!

  25. Miriam
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 13:39:11

    I know I would love that dessert. Looks awesome!!

  26. Jessica
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 13:46:08

    whoa that sounds uniquely delicious!

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com/

  27. Alice
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 15:55:14

    fancy schmancy!🙂 love the rosemary touch!

  28. Inger Wilkerson
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 15:56:54

    Sounds like a unique and delicious combination!

  29. Zoe
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 18:06:09

    I remember seeing this cake in my Bon Appetite book and yours looks extactly like one the in the book😀

  30. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 19:48:58

    oooh I love the flavor rosemary can add to baked goods!

  31. Balvinder
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:21:50

    The texture of your cornmeal pound cake looks good and the rosemary flavor ,love it.

  32. Jenn and Seth
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 21:14:57

    such an intriguing recipe, looks delicious!

  33. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 21:31:41

    I adore cornbread just on its own but add rosemary and a touch of syrup? Yup, that’s pretty much heaven🙂.

  34. Geraldine Saucier
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 21:50:22

    Beautiful pound cake. Love the rosemary infused syrup:)

  35. Cake Whiz
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 21:56:21

    one of my favorite cake still continues to be a classic pound cake but this rosemary creation looks heavenly.

  36. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 22:02:08

    This sounds heavenly. Curious about the candied rosemary now!

  37. Holly
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 22:04:30

    Rosemary is my FAVORITE herb! I think I would fall in love with this delicious recipe!!

  38. libishski
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 00:26:23

    Mmmmm cornmeal!

  39. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 00:51:49

    I love rosemarry and this sounds like a perfect treat!

  40. saffronandhoney
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 07:08:36

    I love the savory notes of this, looks great!

  41. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 14:29:32

    candied rosemary? what kind of genius is this? I don’t know if I can even handle it.

  42. Beth
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 15:20:48

    I’d never say no to poached pears – but it sounds like this was fantastic without them!

  43. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 16:09:27

    Wow,
    This sounds awesome! So flavorful!

  44. My Kitchen Stories
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 19:55:27

    Last night I made Rosemary infused brownies. We may have been candying rosemary at the same time… Love your ideas and your pound cake x

  45. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 20:40:44

    This is such a different recipe.. I’ve never heard of candied rosemary before.. I bet the combination was fantastic! xx

  46. Elaine
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 22:19:35

    Mmm…that looks wonderful. I never thinking of making infused syrups.

  47. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 23:01:15

    What a beautiful pound cake! And I love that you switched it up by using cornmeal! Looks scrumptious! : )

  48. Zeeona @ Basil and Strawberry
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 05:52:40

    This a perfect-looking cake! The rosemary syrup sounds so inetersting, I can’t wait to try! I once made another type of cake, that also had rosemary in it, and it is a very nice twist, in my opinion.

  49. Sara
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 13:13:48

    This looks really tasty…love the idea of using cornmeal in a pound cake, and the rosemary syrup sounds like a great accomppianment.

  50. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 16:24:39

    I absolutely LOVE the use of rosemary in baked goods, so this looks like a perfect treat to me. I bet the syrup is wonderful!

  51. Mike
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 03:50:23

    Cornmeal in a pound cake, I’m really curious to try it. Sounds amazing…

  52. FiSh
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 10:00:18

    i just can’t imagine how nice it is with the scent of rosemary!🙂

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  53. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 17:54:34

    Candied rosemary, that´s a very interesting thing to add to a cake. I really like baking with cornmeal and this whole cake sounds truly delicious!

  54. daisyandthefox
    Nov 04, 2012 @ 01:04:01

    candied rosemary – sounds great!! and so does the cornmeal poundcake🙂
    lovely post🙂

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