Gingerbread - WEEK 135
The whole thing started with my dad gifting me a pack of gingerbread spices a few months ago. This was not a random act, he knew very well what he's doing and I got the message loud and clear, but have never used it, till today. At first I thought it would be good for Christmas, as that's when I'm usually making gingerbread, but on a second thought I didn't want to waste time experimenting, I needed to hurry and use a recipe I was already familiar with.
Then this weekend @galenkp had in his weekend engagement this option:
Foody feels on the weekend
I know a lot of y'all like to bake and the weekend provides the chance to do so. What I want to see is your best bread, pie, biscuit, cookie or cake recipe and the pictures of the finished product. Tell us the ingredients, the method and write some words about why this is your go-to, favourite or best baking recipe. All images in this post must be ones you took yourself. source
So I thought this would be a good occasion to try this gingerbread out and make it my favorite, so here it is. Or voilà? 😂
This is the packet of spices I got and the recipe on the back. I'm going to quote the recipe as it's not mine and translate it to you as it's in Romanian.
- 400g all purpose flour,
- 120g butter (recipe says margarine but I don't use any),
- 250g sugar,
- 2 eggs,
- 4 tbs plum jam,
- 3 tsp unsweetened cocoa,
- 1 packet of gingerbread spices (the one in the photo), if you don't have this, you can use something else,
- 250ml milk,
- 1tsp sodium bicarbonate,
- 100g raisins.
First I soaked the raisins in my good old white rum and let them soak in the rum for an hour.
Melt the butter and let it cool down. Beat the eggs with sugar, till you get a white mix. Then add milk, cocoa, flour mixed with sodium bicarbonate, gingerbread spices. Mix, then add the plum jam and mix well. Next add the melted butter and mix well. Pour the mix into the cake pan.
I used a trick here. I'm always using baking paper, but lining the baking pan nicely is not easy. I hate it when you can see the wrinkles on the cake, so to be able to avoid that, I made the baking paper wet and was able to line it better.
The recipe says you can add dried fruits or walnuts. I had both, but this time I decided to go with raisins as I love them, so I sprinkled the top with raisins.
The baking time indicated by the recipe was 60 minutes at 180°C.
The thing is, I never fully trust these recipes, so at first I set my cooking clock to 50 minutes, which wasn't enough, but gave me the chance to cover my cake to avoid burning the raisins on top. I was hoping raisins would sink into the dough, but looks like the dough was too thick and the raisins stayed on the top. So after covering the cake, put it back to the oven and baked for another 20 minutes at 150°C, which was the right decision.
I always forget to mention, but for those that are new, I took the cake out of the oven, put it on the cooling rack and let it cool, before cutting it. Never cut any cake while still hot.
Another thing, the recipe says cover the top with cocoa glaze, which may look good but on second thought, who needs more calories? So I decided to sprinkle it with powdered sugar as it's a healthier option.
It's true that this is my first attempt at this one, but not the last as it's heavenly good. I like the spices as the flavor is not too strong and although the recipe has 250g sugar, the cake is not too sweet. The raisins are a nice addition to it, but as the recipe says, walnuts are good too. Or both actually, one does not exclude the other.
So this is my entry for this week. The two slices you see on the plate go to @galenkp.
So, gingerbread anyone? 😂 Let's see who's brave enough to taste it.
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Lol you sure did had fun making this and writing this post about it 😅 I could feel that you enjoyed the taste of your first attempt.
This looks too good, I'm salivating already... The color of the cake is my favourite (this is simply because I can't have a taste of it 🤧)
The process seem easy but it's definitely going to take more than two hours to get it done from what I just read... So much for a dessert.
I'm brave enough, how do I get mine? 😩😂
It was worth waiting for this post, I love the recipe and the story behind it ❤️
You're right, I am always having fun cooking and baking, otherwise why do it, right?
This means mission accomplished! ✔️
Open the window 😂
Thank you for the nice words.
Not yet, I haven't gotten my share 😂
My window is open!!!
Oh my goodness!
This is so hilarious!!!
Did you get it? 😏😂
I definitely didn't but I won't press charges 😒
I've just finished dinner and when I see this delicacy I've worked up an appetite again.
Lol, sorry to hear that, I hope you got something for dessert :)
My mother prepared it yesterday after dinner for today.
Yesterday fruit for dessert to make up for the excesses of Christmas.
This gingerbread looks so delicious! I especially love the addition of the plum jam and raisins, it gives the cake such a unique and interesting flavor. I also appreciate that you didn't cover the cake in cocoa glaze to cut down on calories, the powdered sugar topping looks perfect. The photos of the process are also very helpful, it's great to see how you lined the baking pan with wet baking paper to avoid wrinkles on the cake. I'll definitely have to try that trick myself. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us, I can't wait to give it a try.
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Here it isVoila! is the best. It looks so tasty and I want a slice too. Please next time make more for me. I'm a hunry man 😋
Looks like you're always ready to eat. I wish I could send you some.
I will definitely taste it, I'm sure it's delicious!
Luckily you posted the recipe so I can try to make it again at home😉
It is indeed delicious and easy too, so anyone can make it :)
Eh eh then I'll try it!
Being, among other things, a pastry chef, I cannot fail to take up this challenge! (yes, in the past I was the owner of a coffee shop and pastry shop and I did everything! Would you believe it?).😉🤗
😲😲😲 Then it will be easy peasy for you!
I should have made a rule...any baking must be delivered to me for tasting!
This could be both good and bad for you. Imagine being forced to eat something you don't like, like this one 😂
Good point! 😳
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Wow. That looks delicious and that adding of rum and raisins gives it an extra punch. I could eat the whole cake
Lol, stay in line as there are others who want to eat it :)
If the cake tastes the way it looks, it's a success 😋.
I hope it tastes as good as you see it :)
It looks exquisite! I want to try this for my partner, because just a few days ago she asked me if we made a different bread for breakfast in the morning, this seems perfect! Happy Sunday and thanks for the recipe ;).
Thank you! You can try it out as it's easy and simple too, no special ingredients needed. Happy Sunday to you too :)
It is the thought that I prefer when I cook something, simplicity, few but good ingredients, so that you can enhance and feel the taste of everything well. Thanks, I'll try it yes ;).
I missed this post.. You are a great baker.. I can't even perfect a simple pancake 😂