Thursday, 6 December 2012

Sticky gingerbread

Last December I brought Nigella's Christmas book for a bargain £5 from Amazon. Unfortunately Nigella's Christmas is no longer available for £5, and is currently selling between £10-£15, but it is the "go to" Christmas book. There are over 200 recipes in this book which ranges from Soups, Sides and Starters, Stress Free Suppers, The Main Event, Baking, Edible Presents and Drinks.
I decided on baking something sweet and comforting for one evening, and thought the sticky gingerbread would be the perfect recipe. I've never made or tasted gingerbread but what caught my eye was the use of ground ginger, ground cinnamon, fresh ginger and golden syrup - all ingredients which I love.
I tweaked the method a bit, I'll explain further along, but kept all the ingredients the same. I've seen on other blogs that people have served this on its on with tea but I decided to go back to my childhood with some custard.
Here is how my sticky gingerbread with custard turned out:
Sticky gingerbread with custard

I first started by melting the butter, sugar, syrup, treacle and gingers, cinnamon and cloves in the microwave on a medium heat (The recipe suggests to do this in a pan on the stove) until melted.
Butter, syrups, gingers and cinnamon.
Melted butter and syrups
I then added the milk and eggs to the mixture and combined before adding the flour and mixing well.
Mixture with the flour and egg
I placed the gingerbread in a baking dish and baked for 50 minutes.
Gingerbread pre baking

Once baked I left to cool for 30 minutes before dusting with icing sugar and serving with custard.
Baked gingerbread

Recipe for sticky gingerbread - taken from Nigella Christmas
Ingredients
150 g butter
200g golden syrup
200g treacle
125g dark muscavodo sugar
2 teaspoon finely grated ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
250ml full fat milk
2 eggs, beaten to mix
300 g plain flour

Method
Preheat the oven to 170C/gas mark 3 and line a roasting tin or oven proof dish with baking parchment
Melt the butter, over a low heat along with the sugar, syrup, treacle, fresh and ground gingers, cinnamon and coves.
Take of the heat, and add the milk, eggs and bicarbonate of sofa.
Measure the flour into a bowl and pour in the liquid ingredients, beating until well mixed. It will be a very liquid batter, but this makes the gingerbread sticky.
Pour it into the prepared tin and bake for 45-60 minutes until risen and firm on top.
Transfer the tin to a wire rack and let the gingerbread cool into 20 squares.

I am entering my sticky gingerbread to Forever Nigella, a monthly blogging challenge where bloggers cook from a theme from Nigella Lawson. This month Forever Nigella is hosted by Laura Loves Cakes laura loves cakes and is organised by Sarah from Maison Cupcakes Maison Cupcakes.

xxx

8 comments:

  1. Mmm I love a good gingerbread and this looks lush with the custard. Think I might check amazon after xmas to see if the book is cheap again. You should link this up to the forever Nigella challenge http://lauralovescakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/forever-nigella-21-christmas.html

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  2. Oh yeah, I was going to link this but forgot. Thanks for reminding me x

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  3. I love this and love Nigella too!:)

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  4. Thanks for entering Forever Nigella! Your sticky gingerbread looks fab...it's the exact same recipe that I made for the challenge...doesn't it taste so good! :-)

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  5. Ooh, looks yummy! Wouldn't think of pairing it with custard but I bet that tastes lush xx

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  6. It looks fantastic! I don't have 'Christmas', but I really think I need it...

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  7. I think I need to add Nigella Christmas to my cookbook collection, already have a few of her books and I do love them!! This post makes me hungry! :0)

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  8. You definitely picked up a bargain! Nigella Christmas is a wonderful book and I always feel dead Christmassy when I get it out!! Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella - new challenge now open at RecipeJunkie.blogspot.co.uk !

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