Sticky Gingerbread

December 22, 2009 · 12 comments · Print This Post

in Baked Goods, Holidays / Entertaining

I’ve been less than enthused about Christmas in general over the past few weeks and frankly my overall feelings toward this holiday of holidays are still rather up-in-the air mere hours away from the big event. There’s something not quite right this year. Perhaps it’s the fact that I wasn’t able to put our adorable little tree in the living room because Watson and Dexter refused to stop scaling the branches? Until this weekend I could have also lamented on our lack of snow, but now Boston is thoroughly blanketed in cold white piles so I can’t use that as an excuse any longer. Even an evening viewing of the seasonally sweet movie The Holiday accompanied by a lovely glass of wine didn’t do the trick. But I soldier on.

This tasty gingerbread recipe from Nigella Lawson’s newest cookbook, Nigella Christmas, is the closest I’ve come to experiencing any real holiday spirit thus far. Having your home bursting with the rich aromas of cinnamon, molasses, and cloves even managed to melt my grinchy heart a bit. The texture of this festive cake is just outstanding and when dusted with a light covering of confectioners’ sugar you’re left with an elegant and simple dessert that is always a crowd-pleaser.

As for my ongoing holiday malaise, perhaps it will lift completely on December 23rd around 5:00 PM when I’m officially on winter break until January? Or maybe the Wednesday delivery of my organic free-range turkey and truffle butter from D’artagnan will finally be the answer. We’ll see…

Sticky Gingerbread
Adapted from Nigella Christmas

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons of butter
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
3/4 cup molasses
2/3 cup packed soft dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons warm water
1 cup whole milk
2 eggs, beaten to mix
2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a roasting pan or ovenproof dish (approx. 12 x 8 x 2-inches) with aluminum foil or parchment paper (if using foil, grease it too).

In a saucepan, melt the butter over a lowish heat along with the sugar, syrup, molasses, fresh and ground gingers, cinnamon and cloves.

Take off the heat, and add the milk, eggs and dissolved baking soda in its water.

Measure the flour into a bowl and pour in the liquid ingredients, beating until well mixed. It will be a very liquid batter, so don’t worry. This is part of what makes it sticky later.

Pour it into the prepared pan and bake for 45–60 minutes until risen and firm on top. Try not to overcook, as it is nicer a little stickier, and anyway will carry on cooking as it cools.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the gingerbread cool in the pan before cutting into 20 squares, or however you wish to slice it.

Optional: Combine 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and one tablespoon of water. Then spread over the top of the cold slab of gingerbread. You can also add a light dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Monica H December 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I don’t like gingerbread cookies, but ginger bread is something I love. I can’t seem to find the holiday spirit. The hous eis fully decorated and gifts are stock piled under the tree, but I I think the 65 degree weather may have something to do with it.

Hope the turkey does the trick!

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2 Ann Handley June 17, 2013 at 6:05 am

Sticky Ginger Bread! wow, I would like to listen more ginger recipes. Ginger is a good taste in tea. But I listened from people that it is not good to boil with tea. Is it really true?

http://www.chefneeds.com/

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3 Dani December 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Keeping my fingers crossed that the Christmas Spirit Elf gets to your house by Christmas Eve, Erin. :P Warmest wishes to you, Chris, Watson & Dexter!

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4 kristina December 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

We just watched The Holiday, too! And the British really do the most wonderful sticky gingerbread. Must give this one a try. K x

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5 Kristen December 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I’m with you… this year seems to be lacking the right tone for me too!
This gingerbread, though, looks amazing :)
Happy Holidays, Erin!

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6 Diana December 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm

omg, that looks so yum! must bake that stat..before the holiday season is over!!! yum yum! hoping the holiday spirit heads your way soon. :)

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7 Erin Bried December 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I feel like I can smell that gingerbread through my computer screen. Is that possible? Yeah, I’m pretty sure it is. Happy holidays to you!

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8 Cara December 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm

I love gingerbread, and yours sounds great! I’ve had my eye on Nigella’s new cookbook, too. And like you, I’ve also had trouble getting in the holiday spirit this year. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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9 Dani December 23, 2009 at 10:55 am

Since you’re too modest to include this in your post – anyone wanting to vote for you at Apartment Therapy’s “The Homeys 2009″ as best cooking blog can click on the link below. They should just enter erincooks.com (no www.) Good luck, and congratulations on the nomination, Erin.

http://homies.apartmenttherapy.com/2009/category/home-cooking

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10 Hänni December 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Organic turkey and truffle butter? Spicy gingerbread cakes? Erin when are you gonna come cook Christmas dinner at my house?

Even though you’re not feeling it, I just want to say MERRY CHRISTMAS FRIEND. xoxoH

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11 Karine December 29, 2009 at 7:54 pm

I heart gingerbread and yours sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Happy Holidays! :)

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12 Steve Ziegler December 30, 2009 at 8:47 am

Bummed that I didn’t read this before Christmas! But no matter–but January seems as good a time as any to have the smell of gingerbread going through the house. Thanks for the recipe…looks wonderful!

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