When summer turns into autumn and the first few chilly nights set in, there are certain foods that I begin to crave. My mother was a chef with particular talent in pastry making and warm gingerbread was a treat that she grew up with in New England: it’s something that I don’t miss making each autumn.
My favorite way to serve this gingerbread recipe is with half-whipped heavy cream, a couple of tablespoons of grand mariner and teaspoon of raw honey. This topping will melt right into the cake and make it even more moist and delicious.
Side note: Right after I graduated from college, and before I knew anything about cooking I would pick up a box of Hodgson Mill Gingerbread Mix and throw in some orange zest, a little honey some fresh ground ginger to doctor it up a bit. It wasn’t half bad for a boxed mix!
Spice up your Gingerbread with Honey
Feeling adventurous? Play around with the ingredients in your honey gingerbread-there’s lots of room to play with a simple recipe like this! Here’s some of our favorite tricks:
- Dust with powdered sugar instead of an icing
- Add chopped dates to the batter before baking
- Drizzle with Cashew Cream Icing when the bread is cool
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Muriel’s Gingerbread with Honey
- 8 tbsp. 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 c blackstrap molasses
- 1/2 c Waxing Kara Honey
- 3 c all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. arrow root powder
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. ground mace
- 1 orange large
- 1/2 c warm whole milk or coconut milk
- 2 oz plus 2 tablespoons grand marnier divided
- 3 large eggs beaten
- 1/2 c chopped walnuts optional
- butter for the pan
- heavy cream for whipping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9-inch-round cake pans with butter.
Place butter in a large bowl and stir until creamy. Add honey and molasses, mix until smooth.
Sift flour into a large bowl. Stir in ginger, arrow root powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace.
Zest the orange. Cut orange in half and squeeze juice to yield about 4 tablespoons. Add it to the zest in a small bowl.
Fold in flour mixture along with warm milk, grand marnier, eggs, and orange juice and zest. Mix until smooth. Fold in chopped walnuts.
Fill prepared pans with batter. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then slice and serve with powdered sugar or whipped cream topping, if desired.