Wednesday, January 4, 2012
gingerbread cake for warmth
but i actually think the first time i tried the gingerbread cake it was a mistake. in fact, i'm sure i thought it was a giant piece of chocolate cake and i have to say that the surprising, rich, spicy, soothing complexity of the molasses and ginger is probably the only thing that wouldn't make me sad to mistakenly bite into thinking it was chocolate. it was a very fortunate mistake. it quickly became one of my favorite treats.
i never put out samples of the gingerbread cake. because that would have been a problem.
cold weather makes me think about this wonderful cake because the very idea of it warms me up, and i've needed a little warming up over the past few days because i just got back from a vacation in california where i sat by a pool in the hot desert sun and now the real feel temperature outside is 3 degrees F, which i find particularly painful because in addition to going from summer weather to winter weather in the course of a plane ride, i'm also back at work. and those two things combined = i needed gingerbread cake.
i decided to make it on monday for three reasons:
1. my need for comfort on my last day of vacation.
2. josh decided to clean out The Big Scary Closet and the only way i could get out of participating was by baking.
3. a cousin and an aunt were visiting from israel and a cousin and an aunt were visiting from DC and everyone was going to convene for dinner at my grandparents' apartment to celebrate all the things there are to celebrate, including the 60th birthday of one of my aunts!
so of course i had to bake. but here's the thing. the birthday aunt doesn't really eat flour or sugar. baking without flour. i've done that. but baking without sugar??? a challenge. but not one ginger could't overcome.
i also added another little touch--i heated water and sugar and ginger powder in a saucepan and when it started to reduce i added almond slivers, which got nice and sticky and caramelized. when they cooled i broke them up and fancified the cake with them. oh, and also we ate it with ice cream. we were celebrating a birthday, after all.
stay warm out there!!!!!