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Gingerbread with Orange Sauce

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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GingerbreadThis Gingerbread comes by way of David Lebovitz’s blog whose article featured Claudia Fleming’s Strout Gingerbread.   She was formerly the pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern in New York and wrote  The Last Course   It has recently been  reprinted with additional recipes.

While the original was baked in a loaf pan, I chose to make this Gingerbread into individual servings with a rich Orange Sauce which is based on the sauce for Crepes Suzette. If you do make it in a 9×5 loaf pan, David says there will be batter left over as she uses a deeper loaf pan

This Gingerbread is very dark, very moist, very spicy, and really easy to make – perfect after the holidays where all the stops are pulled out.  I tweaked it just slightly adding one ingredient and upping another one.

Warming both the Gingerbread and sauce makes the perfect end to an after holiday dinner.

Claudia Fleming’s Stout GingerbreadIngredients for Gingerbread

1 cup stout*
1 cup light molasses
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 cups all-purpose flour (280 grams or 10 ounces)
2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
3 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams or 3 1/2 ounces)
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (100 grams or 3 1/2 ounces)
3/4 cup vegetable oil

*I used Guinness Extra Stout.  I know they also make just plain Stout.  From what I gather, there isn’t a lot of difference in taste so I’m assuming either can be used. Guiness Stout

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Trace around the bottom of a Texas-size muffin cup.  Cut out six little rounds out of parchment paper.  Spray the cups, including the parchment rounds well with a nonstick spray. Set aside.Paper in tin

In a medium saucepan, heat the stout and molasses until it comes to a boil.  Molasses and stout boilingRemove from the heat and stir in the baking soda which will foam.  Set aside to cool.Baking soda added

In the meantime, grate or finely cut the fresh ginger.  It is easy to remove the fine paper thin peel using a serrated spoon to scrape it off.Serrated spoon and ginger

Combine the flour, both gingers, baking powder, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom in a bowl. Flour with spices for GingerbreadWhisk to combine.Flour with spices mixed

In the bowl of a mixer, add the eggs and both sugars. Eggs and sugar in mixing bowl Mix on medium until completely combined.

Mix in the oil.  Add the cooled molasses and stout.Liquid ingredients mixed for Ginberbread

Add the flour mixture and mix on medium until combined.  Divide the batter between the six Texas muffin cups filling about 3/4 full.

Bake for about 30 minutes until a tester comes out clean.Gingerbread baked in pan

Upon removing the Gingerbread, go around the edges of the cups with a small metal spatula to loosen them. Despite spraying the tins, this batter sticks like mad.Releasing with spatula

Cool completely in the tin. Turn out, remove the parchment and turn right side up.Gingerbread baked on a rack

Serve warm with the orange sauce from Stuffed French Toast with Orange Sauce.

Yield:  9 Individual Gingerbread

To Store:  These are good keepers and will last around 5 days at room temperature.  They also freeze well.

Orange Bread Pudding

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Orange Bread PuddingOrange Bread Pudding with Orange Cream Sauce is the type of dessert I once joked about.  I was going to write a book named, “363 Bread Puddings and 252 Crème Brulees” because almost every restaurant in business serves these two desserts. But none of them comes close to this different take on everyone’s favorite dessert.

While technically any bread can be used, Challah or Brioche are my breads of choice for this bread pudding. Challah is the Jewish Bread rich in egg and braided.  It’s very close to Brioche.   Pecans and raisins work well with the orange flavor of the bread pudding. The Orange Cream Sauce accentuates the orange flavor while adding the perfect balance between sweet and tart. Continue reading

Crème Anglaise – A Classic Dessert Sauce

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Well, Crème Anglaise has certainly been an interesting trip through the internet as well as books (remember those?).  While everyone seems to agree that this “English Cream” or custard sauce contains some kind of cream or milk, egg yolks, sugar and flavoring – no one seems to agree on the amounts.

Custards, including crème brulee are nothing more than variations of the amount of ingredients used in crème anglaise.  While custards are baked in an oven with a water bath to prevent curdling, crème anglaise is referred to as a stirred custard and is cooked on top of the stove.  A water bath may be used here also to prevent overcooking. Continue reading