Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Gingerbread, a collection of all things Ginger!

I have several favorite recipes for Gingerbread. I decided to post them all in one collection.


Basic Gingerbread:

What you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 - 9" square baking pan brushed well with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.

8 TBS (1 stick) Butter
1 C Granulated Sugar
2 Large Eggs
3/4 C Boiling Water
3/4 C Molasses
2 1/2 C Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Ground Ginger
Confectioner's Sugar for dusting the finished Gingerbread

In a Stand Mixer with a Paddle Attachment:

Butter
Sugar
Beat until just combined, do not over beat.
Add:
Eggs
Beat just until combined, do not over mix.
Add:
Water
Molasses
Mix just until combined, do not over mix.

In a small mixing bowl:
Flour
Baking Soda
Salt
Ginger
Whisk well.
Add to the Stand Mixer and beat just until mixed well.

Spoon into the Baking Pan.
Bake for 35 - 45 minutes, until a toothpick in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Remove to a rack and cool for 10 minutes.
Invert onto a serving platter.
Dust with Confectioner's Sugar just before serving. (I dust it through a sieve.)
Cut into squares to serve.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Here's another one of my favorite French Recipes. This recipe comes from the Alsace Region of France.


Alsatian Gingerbread in a Cast Iron Loaf Pan:

1/2 C Honey
2 TBS Brown Sugar
1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 C Rye Flour
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/4 tsp Ground Anise
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1 Large Egg
4 TBS Whole Milk
2 TBS Candied Orange or Lemon Peel, diced

In a Saucepan:
Honey
Brown Sugar
Heat gently until sugar is dissolved

Sift together, In the bowl of a Stand Mixer:
Both Flours
Spices
Salt
Baking Powder

In a small bowl, Whisk together:
Egg
Milk

Turn mixer on low and slowly add milk to the flour mixture.
Scrape the sides of the bowl.
Add Honey and Brown Sugar.
Add Citrus Peel and mix on medium speed.

Butter and Flour a medium size Loaf Pan (I use my Pan Release Mix) I use my Cast Iron Loaf Pan for this bread.

Pour Batter into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 50 minutes.
Cool completely n the pan.
Release the cake onto a serving platter and drizzle with Orange Glaze.

Orange Glaze:
2 C Confectioner's Sugar
1/3 C Fresh Orange Juice
4 tsp Orange Zest
Whisk together until smooth

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!

I love the flavor of Ginger at Christmas. It's one of the few times that I eat it. I like traditional Christmas Gingerbread during the holidays. I have a recipe for a French Alsatian Gingerbread with Orange Glaze, made in a loaf pan. I'll repost the recipe at the end of this one. I'll make German Lebkuchen this year and I usually make Pfeffernusse cookies. There's something about the combination of flavors that make up these Christmas desserts that I find appealing.

Gingerbread Cake with Maple Icing:

Here's what you'll need:
1- 10" X 2" cake pan. Brush it well with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour.) I start with 1 C of each mixed well in a jar and refrigerate it. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

3 C Flour
2 TBS Ground Ginger
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Salt
1/3 C Minced Crystallized Ginger + additional for garnish.
10 TBS Butter, room temperature
1 C Brown Sugar
3 Eggs
1 C light Molasses
1 C Boiling Water
3 tsp Grated Orange Peel

Maple Icing:
3 C Cold Heavy Cream
1/2 C Maple Syrup ( I always recommend the best that you can afford, the taste is worth it.)

Cake:

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together:
Flour
Ginger
Baking Soda
Cinnamon
Cloves
Nutmeg
Salt
Whisk well.
Stir in Crystalized Ginger

In another bowl with a hand mixer:
Beat Butter until creamy smooth.
Add:
Brown Sugar  and beat until combined.
Add Eggs, 1 at a time.
Beat in Molasses and then Boiling Water.
Fold in Orange Peel by hand.
Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix just until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Pour the batter into the pan.
Bake for 1 hour.
Remove pan to a rack for 10 minutes
Remove the cake from the pan.
At this stage I wrap the cake in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.  This keeps it moist, makes it easier to cut, put together and frost. It's a tip that I learned when I decorated cakes.
I do this with all of my cakes.

Icing:
In a large cold mixing bowl with a hand mixer:
Heavy Cream
Maple Syrup
Beat until stiff peaks form.

Cut the cake horizontally into three layers.
Transfer the first layer, cut down onto a large serving platter and ice with some of the whipped cream.
Place the second layer on top and repeat.
Place the third layer on and ice the entire cake.
Sprinkle additional crystalized ginger on the top of the cake to garnish.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Alsatian Gingerbread with Orange Glaze:

Here's another one of my favorite French Recipes. This recipe comes from the Alsace Region of France.

1/2 C Honey
2 TBS Brown Sugar
1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 C Rye Flour
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/4 tsp Ground Anise
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1 Large Egg
4 TBS Whole Milk
2 TBS Candied Orange or Lemon Peel, diced

In a Saucepan:
Honey
Brown Sugar
Heat gently until sugar is dissolved

Sift together, In the bowl of a Stand Mixer:
Both Flours
Spices
Salt
Baking Powder

In a small bowl, Whisk together:
Egg
Milk

Turn mixer on low and slowly add milk to the flour mixture.
Scrape the sides of the bowl.
Add Honey and Brown Sugar.
Add Citrus Peel and mix on medium speed.

Butter and Flour a medium size Loaf Pan (I use my Pan Release Mix)

Pour Batter into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 50 minutes.
Cool completely n the pan.
Release the cake onto a serving platter and drizzle with Orange Glaze.

Orange Glaze:
2 C Confectioner's Sugar
1/3 C Fresh Orange Juice
4 tsp Orange Zest
Whisk together until smooth

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!

Here's another great cookie to share during the holidays. We give cookies to friends and neighbors. These will make it in the Christmas Gift Baskets this year.

1 1/4 C Crushed Gingersnaps
1/2 C Confectioner's Sugar
1/3 C Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 1/2 tsp Dark Rum
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
3 oz. Semi Sweet Chocolate Baking Squares.
1 C of Canned Chocolate Icing

In a Food Processor:
1 C of the Gingersnaps
Confectioner's Sugar
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Pulse until incorporated.
Transfer to a mixing bowl.
Fold in remaining Gingersnaps.
Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Line a sheet pan with waxed paper and set aside.

Use a 1 1/2 " cookie scoop.
Roll the balls into a log.
Place on the sheet pan.

In a sauce pan:
Heat Chocolate Squares on low until melted.
Add Icing and stir until smooth and creamy.
Use a fork and dip the logs in the chocolate.
Place them back on the sheet pan.
Allow 1 hour for the Chocolate to set.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



I love Gingerbread and I love Madeleines. So...... here's a great recipe combining the two loves!
They're a great cookie for any Christmas Party.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
1 - 12 count Madeleine Pan brushed well with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco,Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each, mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.
1 recipe of glaze. (recipe to follow)

Gingerbread Madeleines:

2 Eggs
1/3 C Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
1/2 C Flour
1/4 C Butter, melted and cooled.
1 tsp Vanilla
2 TBS Molasses
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/8 tsp Ground  Ginger

In a Stand Mixer with a paddle attachment:
Eggs
Sugar
Salt
Beat for 5 minutes.
Add:
Vanilla
Molasses
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Ginger
Beat until well combined.
By hand, fold in Flour and Butter alternately in 3 additions.
Spoon about 3 TBS of batter into each well of the pan.
Bake 7 - 8 minutes. They should spring back to the touch.
Remove the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes.
Transfer the cookies to the rack and cool completely.
Place the rack of cookies on a Sheet Pan and drizzle them in a Zig Zag design with glaze.

Glaze.
In a small mixing bowl:
1/2 C Confectioner's Sugar
1 TBS Light Corn Syrup
2 tsp Water
1 drop of White Food coloring.
Whisk until smooth and well combined.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Here's an easy, great tasting Christmas cookie from Pillsbury.

Gingerbread Cookies:

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Sheet Pans lined with waxed paper to roll the dough and lined with parchment paper for baking the cookies.

1 roll (30 oz.) Pillsbury refrigerated Gingerbread Cookie Dough.
1 roll (30 oz.) Pillsbury refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough
Granulated Sugar for sprinkling the dough.

Cut each roll of dough in half. Wrap and refrigerate the remaining dough for another use..... or, I just make more cookies to share during the holidays.

Place a 17" X 12" piece of waxed paper on a sheet pan.
Cut the Gingerbread dough in half lengthwise and place side by side on the sheet pan.
Top with another piece of waxed paper.
Roll out the dough to form a 14" X 9" rectangle.
Freeze for 5 minutes.

Repeat the same procedure with the Sugar Cookie Dough.
Freeze for 5 minutes.

Remove the top sheet of paper on the Sugar Cookie Dough, lift the dough with the waxed paper and place the rectangle of dough onto the rectangle of Gingerbread dough.
Gently pat them together.
Refrigerate for 5 minutes.

Remove the top piece of paper.
With the long side of the dough facing you, begin rolling the dough into a log. Using the waxed paper to tighten the roll as you roll it.
This is the same procedure as a cake roll.
Wrap the dough securely with paper and freeze for 45 minutes.

Unwrap the dough and cut into 4 equal rolls. Work with 1 roll at a time, keeping the remaining rolls in the freezer until ready to slice.

Cut each roll into 13 - 14  (1/2") slices.
Place cookies on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, 2" apart.
Reshaping the rounds as needed.

Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with granulated sugar.
Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. The edges should be golden brown.

Remove the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes.
Transfer the cookies to the rack and cool completely.

NOTE:
Another option would be to use Pillsbury refrigerated Peppermint Cookie Dough  along with the Sugar Dough.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!




I have such a difficult time deciding what to serve at our annual Christmas Open House. I have some traditional items that are always served and then I look for new recipes. I think I'll make these this year. I love Gingerbread during the Holidays and I like the simplicity of this recipe.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 - 9" X 13" pan , brushed well with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each, mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.


Gingerbread Bars:

1/2 C Butter, melted
3/4 C Granulated Sugar
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/3 C Molasses
1 Egg
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 C Flour
1 TBS Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Clove
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Salt
Pumpkin Pie Spice for garnish

Icing:

8 oz. Cream Cheese
1/4 C Butter, softened to room temperature.
3 C Confectioner's Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

In a large bowl, with a wooden spoon:
Butter
Granulated Sugar
Brown Sugar
Vanilla
Molasses
Beat well.

Add:
Egg
Continue mixing by hand with a spoon until incorporated.

Add:
Baking Soda
Flour
Cinnamon
Ginger
Clove
Nutmeg
Salt
Mix just until combined.
Press into the pan.
Bake for 12 - 15 minutes.
Remove to a rack to cool completely.

Icing:

In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer:
Cream Cheese
Butter
Beat until creamy smooth.

Add:
Confectioner's Sugar
Vanilla
Continue beating until well mixed.

Ice the Gingerbread and cut into squares. ( see NOTE below)
Sprinkle each square with a dusting of Pumpkin Pie Spice.
Transfer to a serving platter.

NOTE:
If you want to get creative, cut the cake into holiday shapes with cookie cutters. You'll just have to eat the crumbs that will be left over after cutting. Hey, Martha Stewart would do this and so will I. I would place the icing in a piping bag to decorate the final cutouts and dust them.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



Merry Christmas!
Nothing says Christmas in the kitchen like the aroma of Gingerbread!
Here's the perfect recipe to accomplish that. This recipe originated in England. I adapted it for the American baker.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 - 6 C Muffin Tin with paper liners, lightly brushed with Pan Release Mix (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil, Flour), meted well and refrigerated in a jar. I start with 1 C of each and always have it available for all of my baking needs.

These are my favorite Kitchen Supply Paper Muffin Molds.
You can get them from any Speciality Culinary Store.



Gingerbread Muffins


9 TBS Butter, room temperature
1/2 C packed Dark Brown Sugar
1 TBS Vanilla
2 Eggs
1 TBS Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix + additional for sprinkling.
1 TBS Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground Ginger
A Pinch of Salt
1/4 C Whole Milk
1 C Self Rising Flour
Confectioner's Sugar for dusting when serving.

In a Stand Mixer with a paddle attachment:
Butter
Sugar
Salt
Beat until combined, about 3 minutes, don't over beat.

Add:
Eggs
Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
Cinnamon
Ginger
Beat for 1 minute.

Add:
Milk
Flour
Beat just until incorporated.

Scoop into cups about 2/3 full.
Sprinkle with additional Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix.
Bake for 15 minutes, a toothpick in the center should come out clean.
Remove pan to a rack and cool completely.
Dust with Confectioner's Sugar just before serving.


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice:

1/4 C Cinnamon
2 TBS Ground Ginger
1 TBS Ground Nutmeg
1 TBS Ground Clove
Mix all together and store in a jar.


Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


This recipes was created for the Martha Stewart Gingerbread cookie mold pan. It has 12 wells with various holiday designs, Stocking, Snowflake, Stocking, Ornament, Gingerbread Man, Candy Cane, Star, Mitten, Christmas Tree, Santa, Wreath, Holly Leaf.
The dough is pressed into the molds and baked.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - Cookie Mold Pan, brush each well with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each, mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.

5 1/2 C Flour + additional for dusting.
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Salt
4 tsp Ground Ginger
4 tsp Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1 tsp Nutmeg
16 TBS (2 sticks) unsalted Butter, room temperature
1 C Granulated Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 C Honey
1/2 C Molasses
2 1/2 C Royal Icing (recipes to follow)

In a medium bowl:
Flour
Baking Soda
Salt
Ginger
Cinnamon
Clove
Nutmeg
Whisk well.

In a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer on medium speed:
Butter
Sugar
Beat until well combined.

Add:
Eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

Add:
Honey
Molasses
Beat just until combined.

Divide the dough into three portions and wrap them in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Use a 1 1/2" cookie scoop and press into the cookie pan molds.
Bake for 9 minutes. (depending on your oven, you may have to rotate the pan half way through the baking time)
Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for 10 minutes.
Un mold the cookies.
Transfer to the rack to cool completely.
Decorate the cookies with Royal Icing.
Store the cookies in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper.

NOTE:
Use Icing immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Cover the top of the icing with a piece of plastic wrap to prevent drying.
Stir well with a rubber spatula just before using.


There are so many recipes for Royal Icing. It's the best icing to decorate detailed designs on a cookie. I use it for decorated Christmas Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies.
This recipe makes 2 1/2 C.
It can be separated into different bowls and tinted with food coloring to make creative designs. Since I'm The Hippy in the Kitchen and an Artist, I love to create cookie designs with my 60's looking Doodles. I have several Doodle Books that I am continuously updating with new designs.

This recipe is the consistency to be used for outlining and for detailed designs. To flood the cookie, thin the recipe with just a bit of warm water, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached. I also prefer this recipe because it doesn't use raw eggs.

Here's my favorite recipe for Royal Icing:
This is the recipe for decorating the cookies. (flooding recipe to follow)
1 pound of Confectioner's Sugar
5 TBS  Meringue Powder
1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Warm Water
Powdered Food Coloring

In a Stand Mixer with a Paddle attachment:
Stir together by hand:
Sugar
Meringue Powder
Cream of Tartar
Add:
Gradually add Water until desired consistency.
Vanilla
Beat on Low just until combined well.
Beat on High for 7 - 10 minutes.

Separate the icing into bowls and tint with food coloring.
If you're not using it immediately, gently lay a piece of damp paper towel onto the surface of the icing in each bowl.

Royal Icing for Flooding:

2 lbs. Confectioner's Sugar
3/4 C Water
4 tsp Meringue Powder
Whisk well, by hand until completely incorporated.
Use disposable piping bags to flood the cookies.
Outline the entire cookie with icing, fill in the center. Use a toothpick
and swirl the icing all over the cookie. Allow to sit and harden.

I took a French Macarons Class at Sur la Table in Dallas and they recommended:
Lorann's Gourmet Professional Quality Food Coloring. It's the only food coloring I use.




Enjoy!
Decorating your Holiday Cookies!





I can't decide which of these recipes for Gingerbread Latte that I like best. I think you just have to try them and deice for yourself. I like #3 because it's easy to prepare. The syrup is also good. I'm not crazy about having to buy fresh Ginger for #2, but it does add a stronger flavor of Ginger. I don't usually use fresh Ginger in a recipe.
The Pumpkin  Spice and the Cappuccino are both favorites of ours.
You choose, you decide, you enjoy!

Homemade Gingerbread Latte #1.
Ingredients
1/3 C Water
1/3 C Sugar
A  2" piece of fresh Ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Vanilla 
1/2 C Hot Espresso coffee (if you don't have an Espresso Machine, you can use Instant Medaglia d'Oro Espresso Coffee) It's delicious. 
1 C Hot Milk 
Whipped Cream
Preparation:
In a small saucepan: Water, Sugar, Ginger, Vanilla.
Bring to a boil, stirring until the Sugar dissolves.
Reduce heat and simmer 15 - 20 minutes.
Pour the Espresso into a Mug and add 1/4 C of the Gingerbread Syrup. Top off with heated Milk.
Garnish with Whipped Cream and sprinkle with Nutmeg.
Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!

Homemade Gingerbread Latte #2.

Gingerbread Syrup:
1 1/2 C Water
1 1/4 C granulated Sugar
1 TBS ground Ginger
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
2 tsp Vanilla

In a saucepan on medium heat:
Water
Sugar
Ginger
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Clove
Salt
Stir to combine and bring to a boil without stirring.
Reduce heat and simmer until it begins to thicken, about 10 - 15 minutes.
Swirl the pan without stirring the mixture.
Remove from heat and add Vanilla.
Cool completely.
Transfer to a jar and refrigerate.

To make a Gingerbread Latte:
Add a desired amount of Gingerbread Syrup to a cup of hot Coffee.

Gingerbread Steamers are made with Steamed Milk and added Gingerbread Syrup to taste.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Gingerbread Latte #3

1/2 C Half and Half
1/2 C Water
1 TBS Instant Coffee ( I use Starbuck's Via)
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg

In a saucepan on medium high heat.
Whisk all ingredients.
Heat and serve.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!






Cappuccino Drink:

2 C non dairy coffee creamer
1 C instant dry milk
1 1/2 TBS Chocolate Nesquik
2/3 C instant coffee ( I use Medaglia D'Oro instant espresso) ( Folger's or Nescafe)
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C Confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
a dash of vanilla

Mix all but the vanilla
Store in a sealed container

Use 3 rounded TBS of the mix per cup of hot water
Add a dash of Vanilla to each cup of Cappuccino.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte:

1 C Whole Milk
2 TBS Pumpkin Puree
1 TBS Granulated Sugar
1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice + additional for garnish.
1/4 tsp Vanilla
1/4 C Hot Espresso Coffee ( I use instant Medaglia d'Oro Espresso Coffee if I'm too lazy to use the Espresso Machine)

In a glass bowl or measuring cup:
Milk
Pumpkin
Sugar
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Vanilla
Whisk well.
Heat in  a microwave safe bowl covered with plastic wrap and vent with a small hole.
Heat 1 - 2 minutes.
Whisk vigorously until the milk is foamy, 30 seconds.
Add Espresso Coffee to a Coffee Mug, add foamed milk, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!










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