Have you “sugared” your rosemary this year?
Neither had I. Until we went to our nephew’s wedding last weekend in Tucson, Arizona, sugaring rosemary wasn’t on my list of things to accomplish for the new year. But then, everything changed.
The morning of his wedding was one of those sun-drenched, crystal clear days so typical of winter in southern Arizona. It was a wonderful day to be outdoors. After a mid-morning breakfast, we took a short drive to see the charming 1929 casita he and his bride-to-be had purchased only a few weeks prior to the wedding. Driving down a tree lined, winding road we caught a glimpse of the property.
As is common in the desert, his one-half acre yard was missing the lush lawn and greenery that is found in Dallas. Instead, pebbles and stones provided the foundation for a lovely display of cactus and willows. Citrus trees dotted the landscape with their yellow, orange and lime green polka dot affect. Walking along the enchanting pathways, we felt the serenity and peacefulness of this quaint desert setting.
But it was the blood orange trees that called my name. They were putting on a spectacular show with colorful hues of red and orange. Branches were drooping with the weight of a plentiful crop. It was time for harvesting and I was ready to take on the task. With clippers in hand and a 6’ 4” husband by my side, we harvested our way through every blood orange tree on the property. It was a delightful experience.
Once back in Dallas, and thanks to a sister who drove out for the wedding then delivered our blood oranges a few days later, we are enjoying our bushel basket full of my favorite citrus fruit.
Anxious to try a recipe that I stumbled across right before Christmas, our Arizona trip gave me the main ingredient; blood oranges. After a little experimenting, I finally settled on the combination of two similar recipes and prepared Blood Orange and Cardamom Cake for my husband’s birthday this weekend. If you’ve never made a blood orange cake accented with the fragrance of ground cardamom, be prepared for a flavorful and moist treat.
*Note: Many local groceries are currently hosting citrus-fests, etc. Now is a good time to use those sassy little blood oranges in your favorite recipe. Or, search the internet for a blood orange cake recipe. There are some fun ones to choose from. Just don’t forget the “sugared rosemary” for a nice Texas finish!
I would like the blood orange cake recipe please
I would like the recipe! Last week, I made a cake with two Blood oranges, boiled for 2 hours then processed (The ENTIRE ORANGE)! Add almond flour, eggs, baking powder and sugar. Delightful! It will be interesting to compare to this new recipe.
Would love this recipe. Is it gluten-free? Thanks a lot.
Bunny, no it’s not gluten free. Do you have some products you can sub for flour?
I hope you can adjust the recipe.
Would love to have the recipe!!
I am sending a link with the recipe. Linda says she doubles the glaze recipe to get a nice shiny finish.
Thank-you for the recipe:)
I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you so much for this interesting article. And yes, I would love the recipe for the cake. I saw today where Central Market is highlighting blood oranges this week!
Patricia, were you able to get the recipe through the link?
Let me know.
Linda, I’d like to have your recipe. Sounds wonderful Dodiereagan@gmail.com
I hope the above link provided is getting you to the recipe, let me know if not.
Yes, May I please have your recipe for blood orange cardamom cake? It sounds wonderful! Thank you!
Nona, I missed this request. Do you still want the recipe?