The 2021 Holidays Recipe Collection
How you doin’? My friend Rod Harris is proud of the restaurants in Portland, Oregon (before the insurrections). When I came up to Portland for work, we would go to another new great place. One place in particular that I fell in love with was Salty’s on the Columbia River.
I found that the best seafood and steak restaurant in Portland isn’t downtown, it’s on the Columbia River. Salty’s Waterfront Seafood Grill is truly in a class by itself. Great hospitality—they bend over backwards to please you with their award-winning fresh Northwest seafood cuisine and attentive friendly service. Anchored right on the river with sweeping views of the Columbia and majestic Mt. Hood in the background—every seat at Salty’s offers inspiring views. Whether craving Dungeness crab and Maine lobster to their world-famous Alaskan salmon and halibut in season, local oysters and clams, prime steaks, pasta or chicken, you will find many choices on the menus to please the most discriminating tastes. Their entrées were all wonderful but even better was their gingerbread cake. It was so good I asked for the recipe and believe it or not they sent it to me.
I make this Classic German Gingerbread cake at least once a year right around Christmas time. This style of cake is a traditional, old fashioned German Christmas market recipe. It’s well-balanced, fragrant with light chocolate back notes.
This is very important… set your timer for 35 minutes and don’t open the oven door until the minimum baking time has passed. Unnecessary vibration and opening the door prematurely will cause the cake to fall. I like to use a glass Pyrex baking dish. If you are using a metal cake pan double up with a second pan to prevent burning.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 35 to 45 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hours
Yield: Serves 9 people
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (for pan prep)
3/4 cup stout (Guinness Stout works best)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup molasses
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted, plus a little extra for dusting pan
1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1-2 tablespoons ground ginger (to your taste)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons grated dark chocolate or mini chips
4 tablespoons crystalized ginger, finely chopped
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