Gingerbread Cake

8:00 AM

Every year for St Nicolas (which was yesterday by the way) I make a Gingerbread cake. In Switzerland we are more likely to eat the harder variety with marzipan inside. Of which, I was never a big fan. This cake however, is a quite different story.

It is one of these super easy, can't miss and should always have around come December. It stores really well in an airtight container in the fridge and taste as good straight from the fridge as it does at room temperature with a steaming cup of tea for companion.

It really combine all the Christmassy flavour in a bite size and if you are going to try this recipe, I am warning you, you'll be making it more than once, so stock up on honey and cinnamon now.

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup honey
1 egg
1/2 cup butter milk (or milk with a teaspoon or two of vinegar)
1/4 cup hot water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 soda bicarb (baking soda)
1 tsp cinnamon powder (more if you love the taste as much as I do)
1/2 tsp ground ginger (known as dry ginger powder by some)
1/2 tsp clove powder

How to:

First thing first : preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

1) Sift together the flour, salt, spices baking powder, soda bicarb and sugar (basically if it is a dry ingredient, you put it in the mix)

2) Stir in the honey, egg, butter and sour milk (butter milk), beat in the hot water until you have a smooth batter.

3) Pour the batter in a square or rectangle baking dish that has been greased or lined with parchment. A brownie tin works perfectly for this cake.

4) Bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is browned but not burned and the cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger.  Let it cool down completely on wire rack before serving.

You can sprinkle it with icing sugar for an extra festive look. To do it, put some icing sugar in a tea strainer and push the sugar through it with a spoon. You can also place stencils on the cake before dusting it with sugar so that the icing sugar forms pretty festive pattern.

As I said, this cake stores well in an air tight container in the fridge for at least a week (it never lasted longer than that at my place). To do so, cut the cake into squares and place them in the box.

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  1. Hmmm... I have a similar Dutch recipe for a gingerbread that uses hot black coffee for the hot water. I have a world war 2 version where the egg is completely left out but the baking soda & baking powder are doubled.
    That bar at the top of your blog that says home, archives, etc is a gadget called 'labels'. You have to assign labels to your posts & choose the labels gadget & place it where you'd like on your layout. S L O W L Y my blog is looking how I'd like.

    1. The labels are different than the items in my Title bar. I have dozens of labels on the blog and I chose to only list the more common in a widget on the sidebar under Main Labels. The bar at the top only displays Pages, which you need to set up as such using the Pages option on the Blogger dashboard. You can then choose which pages to display in the menu at the top, and which not to show.

      For example, I chose to display my about, and disclosure page at the top, but if you click on my Christmas banner on the right side column, it will take to a page not listed in the top menu, but it will appear in my pages listing on the dashboard.

      The archive page is one that required some HTML coding as I basically coded the blogger layout to instruct it to display the archive side widget on its own page. I used a tutorial somewhere for that one. The recipe, Home Decor and DIY are pages I created in the "layout" option of the menu bar to make them direct to a blog post label link. I will try to change it soon as I would like thumbnails rather than a list of posts, I was trying to find the HTML tutorial for that but couldn't so instead I will probably do what I did for the Christmas page and create individual icons and upload them and then code them to point to a link (lots of work ahead)

      It takes a lot of time to hammer in these tiny blog details

    2. So then you would devote a page to each label or category you have on your 'pages bar'? For example, 'About Me' = a page, 'Recipes' = a page?

    3. I only devoted a page to the most important labels, for now it is simply linking back the the URL of the label and showing all full post in chronological order.

      I plan to make individual thumbnails for each important posts falling in any of the categories in the future. I keep trying to find a code tutorial for Blogger that will let me do that only on the pages and not the home page though. But I am not having any luck.
      The Christmas page is in a experiment at the moment, it took me a bit of time to find the right size of thumbnail, and then I realised I never set a font preset in Photoshop, which is why the page is a bit funky looking. I will work on it once the whole festive madness is over. And then once i found something I am satisfied with get the other thumbnails and pages done.

  2. Nice recipe! x


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