Saturday, 26 December 2009

Still Hungry?

I know, it is hard to think too much about food after sharing the bounty of a holiday dinner. Complete with holiday breakfasts, brunches, lunches and snacks. And let's not forget desserts! We had a very comfortable six at the table and for some reason I decided to make three desserts. Not really sure what I was thinking.. there were just a few things that I wanted to make. Number one on my list was David Lebovitz's Ginger Cake. It has been touted as a fan favourite and the recipe can be found a number of places online, including epicurious, and below.

It may not be much to look at but it packs quite a flavour punch. The cake is deep and moist and so full of spicy fresh ginger - it would also make an excellent coffee cake. You will need to make sure you line your cake form with parchment, no matter what shape you use, for easy removal.
I sliced the cake in two and sent one half into work with hubs for Boxing Day, those guys are going to need something sweet to fend off the crazed shoppers out there today!

Fresh Ginger Cake
David Lebovitz, as found on epicurious.
  • 4 ounces fresh ginger
  • 1 cup mild molasses
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil, preferably peanut
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature

Position the oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 by 3-inch round cake pan or a 9 1/2 inch springform pan with a circle of parchment paper.

Peel, slice, and chop the ginger very fine with a knife (or use a grater). Mix together the molasses, sugar, and oil. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper.

Bring the water to the boil in a saucepan, stir in the baking soda, and then mix the hot water into the molasses mixture. Stir in the ginger.

Gradually whisk the dry ingredients into the batter. Add the eggs, and continue mixing until everything is thoroughly combined. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 1 hour, until the top of the cake springs back lightly when pressed or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If the top of the cake browns too quickly before the cake is done, drape a piece of foil over it and continue baking.

Cool the cake for at least 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Remove the cake from the pan and peel off the parchment paper.