11 Sep 2016

Ginger and Plum Cake

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If you’re lucky enough to have fruit trees, late summer is a great time to make fruit pie, fruit cake, jam, or all of the above. This spiced plum cake is like a pineapple upside down cake (tarte tatin), but with plums.

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31 Jul 2016

Coconut & Ginger Bites

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Everyone loves things on sticks – lollipops, hot dogs, kebabs… cake is no exception. These cake pops are a light coconut and ginger sponge coated in white chocolate and sprinkled with desiccated coconut.


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10 Jan 2016

Lemon Meringue Scones

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Scones are a quick win – they’re easy and quick to make, fairly difficult to get wrong and by changing the fillings and ratio of milk/cream/yogurt/buttermilk you can vary the texture for a slightly different result. These have lemon meringue chunks and crystallized ginger.

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21 Dec 2015

Gingerbread Stars

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Soft, spicy gingerbread cookies with cinnamon icing and Dr Oetker Silver Pearls. Like the Midnight Chocolate Cake and Zimtsterne, these were loosely tied to the Winter solstice. The silver balls aren’t at all like I remembered them as a kid. I was expecting them to llok nice but taste like ball bearings. They were actually crunchy on the outside and soft inside.

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13 Dec 2015

Gingerbread Cheesecake

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All the festive taste of gingerbread, but without the gingerbread. These cheesecakes have a gingersnap crust and the usual blend (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves) of gingerbread spices.

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18 Nov 2015

Parkin

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Somewhere between a flapjack and gingerbread, Parkin is a traditional Bonfire night cake made with more oats than flour and has a strong ginger/treacle taste. It’s best made a few days in advance though so it has time to chill, mellowing before you eat it.

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14 Nov 2015

Gingerbread Whirls

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A homemade version of Mr Kipling’s festive ginger cookies. They’re ginger flavoured Viennese whirl – light and fluffy.

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19 Oct 2015

Gingerdead Men

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Not just regular gingerbread men, these are gingerdead men with a drunken frosting and crystallized ginger ribs.

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02 Aug 2015

Morovian Spice Cookies

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An Amish molasses cookie similar to gingerbread, but very thin and with more black pepper and cinnamon than ginger.

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14 Jun 2015

Tula Gingerbread

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I’ve tried a few different gingerbread recipes in the past, but usually they’re just a solid biscuit. These gingerbread cookies from Tula are a type of Russian gingerbread filled with jam. I filled mine with marzipan too, because… I like marzipan. They held their shape fairly well during baking, but they did spread a bit. If you plan to make them as gingerbread men you may need a fairly chunky gingerbread man cookie cutter.


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