It’s Beginning to Smell Alot Like Christmas

9 12 2007

I made a few sweet treats tonight to share with some friends. A new favorite of mine is the Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you. Definitely delicious!

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Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread

The use of leavening in a cake is first recorded in a recipe for gingerbread from Amelia Simmons’s American Cookery, published in Hartford in 1796; I guess you could say it is the original great American cake. Early-19th-century cookbooks included as many recipes for this as contemporary cookbooks do for chocolate cake. This recipe, from Claudia Fleming, pastry chef at New York City’s Gramercy Tavern, is superlative – wonderfully moist and spicy.

Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 1 3/4 hr

1 cup oatmeal stout or Guinness stout
1 cup dark molasses (not blackstrap)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of ground cardamom
3 large eggs
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Confectioners sugar for dusting

Accompaniment: unsweetened whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350F. Generously butter bundt pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess.

Bring stout and molasses to a boil in a large saucepan and remove from heat. Whisk in baking soda, then cool to room temperature.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and spices in a large bowl and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars. Whisk in oil, then molasses mixture. Add to flour mixture and whisk until just combined.

Pour batter into bundt pan and rap pan sharply on counter to eliminate air bubbles. Bake in the middle of oven until a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs adhering, about 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack 5 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.

Serve cake, dusted with confectioners sugar, with whipped cream.

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6 responses

10 12 2007
pam

Yummy

12 12 2007
Martha

Wish I had some. Pretty cruel to show it. The recipe would have been enough!!

12 12 2007
lpod

I promise to make one for you next week if you let me stay with you!

18 12 2007
Jessica

It might smell like Christmas, but it sure looks like Thanksgiving to me. Now, get you butt down here, OR you can update your blog!

30 12 2007
melissa

what do i do if my cake falls?
hehe. kidding.
i agree with jess…..update your blog. what have you been doing over the last week.5?

1 01 2008
lpod

What do you do if TWO cakes fall? Don’t eat them. I think I’ll have to come up with a better recipe for a Christmas treat for our next family Christmas! I’ll be updating, pictures and fun stories galore!

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