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Pineapple Sage Pound Cake Recipe
This is a recipe for the home gardener, as I have not seen pineapple sage fresh and blooming in the grocery store. But if you grow the plant this is the recipe to show off your talents. The bright red flowers add that bit of wow to this cake!
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons chopped pineapple sage leaves (the small, new leaves are best)
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped pineapple sage flowers, if available
1 teaspoon grated lemons, rind of
4 tablespoons well drained crushed pineapple
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flour
Makes 1 loaf or 4 miniature loafs
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Grease and flour four miniature loaf pans*.
Cream the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.
Beat in the honey.
Add the eggs one at a time, making sure to beat for one minute after each addition.
Beat in the sage leaves, flowers, lemon peel, and crushed pineapple.
Stir the dry ingredients together and add to the butter mixture.
Fold these together gently, until just blended.
Pour into loaf pans.
Bake for approximately 45 minutes ( time for 1 loaf), or until golden brown (wooden pick inserted into center will come out clean).
Mary, LadyG posted that recipe several years ago. I've been following along with the "Hanging in there" thread also and praying that we'll hear something from her soon... it has been a while since she's been able to post. Chris is a special lady, funny and kind, and a good friend... thank you for keeping her in your prayers.
Hello, I'm back. Thanks Critter for fielding a response, I am glad the recipe is still alive and hope more folks try it, it is hard finding a recipe that uses this wonderful herb.
Crit, I have not done much with gardening this year but the weeds did fine without my intervention LOL
Mary, welcome to DG and if you have any questions for me don't hesitate to ask. I believe knowledge is power and if what I have been going through helps another person then that is a gift worth sharing.
What great news this is Ladyg. Even though I never met you I had the pleasure of growing on a coleus cutting from you given to me by Sallyg at the spring plant swap! Every time I saw that coleus I'd think of you and how wonderful that what you passed on kept going round.
My PS blooms so late that my hummers are gone. Then the frost comes along. When it blooms I try to pick the flowers to make my bread. You really don't need the flowers but they add flakes of red to the bread and it is quite pretty.
I found a micro climate where my plant has survived 2 winters. It is slow to emerge in spring and it is quite a surprise when it finally shows up.
I think in the many years that I've grown Pineapple Sage, only ONE year did it bloom before the hummers left. We have a joke around here that when it does bloom, that means all the hummers are gone for the year - even the migratory ones. I bought one some years ago that was in bloom early in the season (May or June), thinking that it might continue and be available for the hummers. Nope - what was budded out bloomed, then nada until almost October! I still love it though and always have some in the garden.
My current one has overwintered for 3 years now - if it comes back next year, it will be my new personal best!
Chris, thanks for the tips about saving the flowers for the bread too! SO glad you're feeling up to posting again!
I think you're on the right track, Chris, about when PS sets blooms. Could be either, I guess. I have always had the same experience with moonflower vines - and it was explained to me that it was hours of daylight.
We were suppose to get a freeze last night, but my thermometer says 39, but the temp could drop in the next 2 hours. Had to work late last night and didn't get home until 7:30 pm and it was too dark to go out and cover. Suppose to get down to the upper 20's tonight, so I will definately be going out to cover up tonight. Going to be back up in the 50's at night next week, so hate to bring everything in yet.