…from the Perspectives’ Holiday Kitchen
How you doin’? Don’t be naughty by leaving Santa some stale old cookies by the fire place this year; be nice and leave him a large square piece of Granny’s favorite Gingerbread Cake. You can't beat a good Gingerbread Cake recipe and this one is one of the best. Our West End Bistro’s pastry chef created this recipe just for the month before Christmas.
It's perfection when served warm and topped with fresh sweetened whipped cream, crème anglaise or vanilla ice cream. You don’t have to wait for Christmas… it is a quick snack whenever the weather turns cold. It is so easy to make and really has the best flavor. Make two and bring one to a friend.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 30 to 60 minutes
Cool time: 20 minutes
Yield: 9-12 servings
1/2 cup unsalted, softened butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 cup molasses (not blackstrap)
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot water
The original recipe called for 1 hour of bake time. Reviewers had different results, with some cakes being done after 30 or 45 minutes. The recipe has been updated to reflect a bake time of 30 to 60 minutes.
ChefSecret: Sometimes when I’m pressed for time, I make a cheater crème anglaise by taking a scoop of French vanilla ice cream and melting it in the microwave oven for about 30 seconds or so—just until pourable.
Quip of the Day: How do you make a gingerbread man’s bed? “With a cookie sheet.”
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