Make Gingerbread

Edited by Rebecca M., Eng, Lynn, Anonymous and 3 others

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There are very few treats that are more symbolic of the holiday season than a piece of warm gingerbread cake topped with whipped cream. As it is baking, the spicy smell that drifts through the house makes everything seem warm and cheerful, no matter what time of year it is. While gingerbread cookies are a big part of holiday celebrations, there is something infinitely comforting about the smell and taste of gingerbread on a cold day.

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There are lots of toppings that may go well with fresh gingerbread, but two that are common favorites are whipped cream or lemon sauce. Serve warm sauce drizzled over the top of the gingerbread for a unique flavor combination. Or better yet, why not try both? If lemon sauce is good and whipped cream is good, then together they must be better!

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Gingerbread

Ingredients

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  • 2/3 cup of white sugar
  • 2/3 cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/3 cups of molasses
  • 3 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cups hot tap water
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Procedure

  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C.
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  2. 2
    Grease and flour (or spray with non-stick cooking spray) a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
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  3. 3
    In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
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  4. 4
    Beat in molasses and egg until well incorporated.
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  5. 5
    In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
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  6. 6
    Blend slowly into creamed mixture.
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  7. 7
    Stir in hot tap water and pour into prepared pan.
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  8. 8
    Bake for 60-65 minutes in preheated oven.
    When cake is done, it will pull slightly away from edge of pan and a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean.
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Whipped Cream

Yields 2 cups

Ingredients

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  1. 1
    1 cup whipping cream or heavy cream
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  2. 2
    2 tablespoons white sugar
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  3. 3
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Procedure

  1. 1
    Chill the whipping/heavy cream in the refrigerator about about 10 to 15 minutes.
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  2. 2
    Place in a mixing bowl and whip.
    If using electric mixer, put on high speed, while if using a whisk, make sure to whip as fast a you can, observing one direction whipping method only.
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  3. 3
    Add a tablespoon of sugar at a time while continuously whipping.
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  4. 4
    Finally add the vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
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Lemon Sauce

Ingredients

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  1. 1
    1 cup water
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  2. 2
    1 lemon (all the juice extracted and 1 teaspoon grated zest)
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  3. 3
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter
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  4. 4
    1/2 cup white sugar
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  5. 5
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
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  6. 6
    a pinch of salt
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  7. 7
    a pinch of nutmeg
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Procedure

  1. 1
    In a sauce pan, combine the following:
    water, cornstarch, sugar, nutmeg and salt. Stirring continuously, bring to a boil and simmer until thick.
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  2. 2
    Turn of the heat and add the butter, juice of 1 whole lemon and 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest.
    Cool slightly before drizzling on top of the ginger bread.
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Note: Photos above are just sample brands of the ingredients. This does not mean that the same brands are needed in preparing this recipe. You can always change things according to your preferences.

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Categories : Desserts

Recent edits by: Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Rafah Perlado, Anonymous

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