A few weeks ago we constructed a gingerbread house. This particular house is our main christmas decoration and I like it! Ok, back to the real point of this post…a delicious, moist, and decadent gingerbread. The delicate cake like bread may become another holiday tradition. The “bread” was easy to make, the oven warmed the house, and a soft gingerbread scent created a cozy feeling. Without further ado here is the recipe!
1 3/4 c flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1 c hot water
1/4 c dark molasses
1/4 c maple syrup
1/2 c honey
1/2 c butter, melted and cooled
1/2 c sugar
1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9×9 glass pan.
Mix together all dry ingredients (except sugar) together in a bowl, set aside. Next, mix hot water, molassses, syrup, and honey together (I used a 2 cup glass measuring cup), set aside.
In a stand mixer combine butter and sugar, then add egg and mix well. Next add half dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Follow with half of the liquid and mix well. Then repeat.
Pour the runny batter into your pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Gingerbread house building is our new holiday tradition. Even though it is a misuse of “food,” making a giant mess while building was fun! We were inspired to try out our building skills because we discovered a gingerbread house competition on another blog. If we win we would receive The Gingerbread Architect and In the Sweet Kitchen. These two books would help us improve our skills for our new annual tradition. Please, please, please go vote for our humble gingerbread house on movita beaucoup between Tuesday, December 20 and Thursday, December 22!!
Potlucks are always full of rich, sweet, and gluttonous dishes. I decided that I didn’t want to bring anything in a crock pot or dessert like. Luckily, I knew one of my co-workers was bringing chili. Hmm, what goes with chili, bread!
This bread turns out to be thick, hearty, and easy to make! There’s no waiting for yeast, just mixing and baking. So easy and quick that I made this bread twice on Sunday. Of course, I needed to make a batch and taste it before bringing it to the pot luck. By the way we ate 1/2 a loaf in one day.
Everyone at the pot luck liked the bread too. My favorite part of making the bread was being able to use home-brew, and spent grains from a recent brew. The only thing I would change, is to make this bread more often.
- 2-1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/4 cup spent grain
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 12 oz dark beer (I used Moo Stout)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9” x 5″ loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, grain, baking powder, and salt.
Pour in honey, oil and beer, beating until a stiff batter is formed.
Bake in preheated oven for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago we were watching a show that was set on the East Coast and they were enjoying breakfast at a small diner. Many of the diners were happily eating Johnny Cakes, a simple type of pancake that is made primarily from cornmeal. They talked about the slight crunch of the cake as one bites it and how Johnny Cakes are a very traditional food in New England. I did a little research and discovered the legend of the Johnny Cake. Supposedly, American Indians helped the starving Pilgrims by teaching them how to grind and cook corn. Thus, this breakfast staple was born.
This past Sunday morning was very relaxed and a perfect day for making Johnny Cakes. The cakes took a little while to cook but sipping coffee distracted me from the wait. They were tasty and had the crunch but the middle never really set up. Maybe the mushiness was from using stone ground yellow corn instead of white corn or maybe the batter was too thick. We will make these again with a few minor adjustments.
- 1 cup stoneground cornmeal
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- ~ 1/2 cup milk
Mix cornmeal and boiling water, let sit for 10 minutes. Then mix in milk, until the consistency is similar to mash potatoes.
Heat cast iron pan with butter and spoon mixture onto pan. It should spread out thin, cook 6-11 minutes each side or until golden brown. Serve with butter and maple syrup. Enjoy!
Ok, I know this is a bit late but these ghosts are too cute! I just had to share. The best part is that they tasted yummy! This really wasn’t too difficult to make, even after roasting a pumpkin. I don’t know how I cooked/baked before my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Oh wait, I do remember, I didn’t do as much cooking/baking with lots of mixing!
I made these for a work party and I am happy I did. They were a bit difficult to transport but the ones that survived were a hit. I haven’t yet, but I want to just make the pudding…num, num.
- 1 packet gelatin
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 egg yolks (reserve 2 whites)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cups pumpkin puree
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cus sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 pinch salt
- tube of black gel frosting
First, in a medium bowl add ~1 tbs of warm water and the packet of gelatin. Next, in a double boiler or your stainless steel mixing bowl over a small pot of boiling water combine all other pudding ingredients and cook till it simmers, about 12-17 minutes or until it coats the back of a spoon. Then pour into 3-4 ounce cups and refrigerate for 4-8 hours.
Just before the pudding sets up make the topping. Wash your stainless steel mixing bowl or double boiler and get some water boiling again. Briefly mix all topping ingredients (except black gel frosting) and then cook over boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. Then get that mixing bowl on the mixer with a whisk attachment and whisk for ~5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
Get your small containers of pudding out of the fridge and begin to shape the topping on top. Do your best to make them look like ghosts. I accomplished this by swirling a knife around the top. Lastly, add black eyes. Enjoy!