This is a nice idea when plenty of pumpkins are available – I’ve come up with this unusual Pumpkin Polenta Cake With Sweet Verbena. It’s a wonderful looking cake and it will freeze well. I know it is very unusual to make a cake with verbena, but I can assure you the aroma and taste is really something you must experience.
I have grown verbena for a long time but have never baked with it until I saw James Martin on his cookery show – I almost fell on the floor! So I thought to myself, I must try this as I was really intrigued at the invention. I have to say I use verbena a lot in medicinal tea as it is very good for you, especially when you unwell. I gave it to my children a lot when they were small if they were unwell. Does it work? Yes it does – without question. I also dry it for the winter – I love it so much I have it all the year around.
I happened to have some that needed using up (I also had the odd nuts loose shouting at me to be used!) I don’t like to have nuts for long in my cupboard as they can soon turn floury and musty, and we all now that this is not a good sign, and I hate waste.