THE RECIPE >
Next to sweet potato pie, a good gingerbread is hard to come by. It's one of those you've got to know someone who bakes sort of treats. The thing is, while it does have quite a few ingredients to get that lovely distinctive flavor and rich dark color, gingerbread is actually easy and quick to make. It's also pretty hard to mess up. Try not to over mix and you're good.
What made this particular family heirloom recipe a keeper is the way it melds together both old and new world flavors to enhance the spicy ginger. The sweetness of maple syrup with the flavor of dark rum come together with traditional black strap molasses to add both moisture and multidimensional bite.
Even better, once cooled, it's easy to wrap in wax paper and drop off to friends thanks to its rustic, dense nature. With this recipe you'll be able to make two small loves or one granddaddy perfect for guests. Oh and did I mention how good this will make your entire home smell? So good! Let's get baking:
An easy to make and give quick bread spiced with ginger and flavored with maple and rum. Tip: feel free to replace the brown sugar with an equal amount of maple syrup or honey.
- 2 & 1/3 cups Flour
- 1/2 cup Brown sugar (densely packed)
- 1/4 cup Maple syrup
- 1/4 cup Molases
- 1 cup Sour cream
- 1 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
- 2 teaspoons Ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 4 Tablespoons Melted butter, coconut oil or shortening
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon Dark rum
- 1 Egg well beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.Sift together flour with other dry ingredients. Blend together syrup with molasses, sour cream, butter and eggs.Add dry ingredients and mix just until well incorporated. Try not to over mix. Pour into a greased loaf pan or one that has been lined with wax paper.Bake for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting if desired.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 15 servings
Gingerbread Glaze Recipe
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon melted butter
- 1 teaspoon minced candied ginger
In a small mixing bowl blend together until smooth. To frost wait until the loaf of gingerbread has fully cooled.
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