Friday, December 12, 2008
Ginger and Spice
Thanksgiving Day = Pumpkin Pie. What's, then, Christmas = to? I think that'd be the Gingerbread. See, this flavor, rich dark molasses spiked with ginger and other spices, was not what I grew up tasting. Then I became very fond of Lebkuchen that are quite ubiquitous during Christmas time in Germany. I was instantly hooked to the sweet moist cake with serious peppery punch.
So I was on the lookout for a good recipe for the gingerbread. And I think I just found one. As usual, the samples were offered to unsuspecting friends and co-workers as to be my guinea pig; which they are happy to oblige (thank you!) I always bake the first one according to the recipe, just to see how it'd turned out. I was a little concerned the recipe called for too much spices (cinnamon, clove, ginger and black pepper!) but the majority commented: "More ginger!" So I'm modifying the original recipe and now making it into my own. The wonderful aroma of spices remained in my kitchen all day long. Ooo, I can't wait to bake this cake again!