Slideshow: 8 Ways Rosemary Can Boost Your Winter Baking

Individual Rosemary Polenta Loaves
Individual Rosemary Polenta Loaves
Chopped rosemary infuses this bread with an herbal, piny flavor that plays well with the corn's subtle sweetness. Polenta gives this bread a coarse cornbread texture, but olive oil ensures that the crumb doesn't dry out. Try baking these in individual loaf pans, making each bread the perfect breakfast-size. They're alterna-muffins, for those who walk on the savory side of life. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Sweet Rosemary and Grape Focaccia
Sweet Rosemary and Grape Focaccia
This fluffy olive-oily focaccia studded with wrinkly-sweet grapes is the sort of breakfast we imagine eating when waking up in a gorgeous villa in Tuscany. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Ellen Silverman]

Maple Rosemary Ice Cream
Maple Rosemary Ice Cream
A scoop of this ice cream hits you in stages: it begins with an alpine flush, homage to the evergreen forests where this story begins. It then gives way to notes of maple, dragging you down to burnished depths, lower and lower and lower. This all ends with a maple finish that refuses to let you go. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Rosemary, Honey, and Fig Cake
Rosemary, Honey, and Fig Cake
This fragrant cake combines the harmonious flavors of honey, lemon, figs, and rosemary for an earthy, sweet indulgence. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Rosemary Pear Jam
Rosemary Pear Jam
The combination of pears and earthy, woodsy rosemary in this jam is pure magic. Pair it with a gooey piece of cheese and a hunk of baguette, or even tuck it into a turkey sandwich. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Lemon Shortbread with Fresh Rosemary
Lemon Shortbread with Fresh Rosemary
These flaky-tender shortbread cookies are run through with bright lemon zest and rosemary—two ingredients that give these cookies a real elegance. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Iain Bagwell]