Sunday, December 19, 2010

Guinness Gingerbread Cake

So when I checked my voicemail coming out of the movie theatre yesterday, Jenn - who was responsible for launching me down the path toward a dinner made entirely with eggplant - had left me a message about Nigella Lawson's Guinness gingerbread recipe. Guinness plus gingerbread. Oh, yea, baby!

When I finally looked up her recipe on the Food Network website, I was disappointed to discover that she didn't use molasses...or crystallized ginger. But I did like her use of sour cream. So, I combined parts of her recipe with parts of my own gingerbread recipes to come up with this delectable treat.

This makes two 10"x13" rectangular cakes. Cut it in half, if needed.

2-1/2 sticks butter, plus some for greasing
2 C unsulphered molasses
2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 bottle of Guinness
4 t ground ginger
4 t ground cinnamon
2 t ground nutmeg
2 t ground allspice
1/2 t ground cloves
1 C chestnut flour
3 C white whole wheat flour
2 T baking powder
2 C sour cream
4 eggs
2 T crystallized ginger

Preheat the oven to 350. Melt the butter completely. Stir in molasses, brown sugar, Guinness, eggs, and sour cream. Add in dry ingredients and stir till completely moistened. Stir in crystallized ginger and pour into buttered cake pans. Bake for 1 hour or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Served with a dusting of powdered sugar.

2 comments:

  1. Yummy! I've had a recipe for Chocolate Guinness cake sitting on my "must make" pile, but Guinness Gingerbread is new to me! I'm gonna have to try this too! Camilla, you're always a culinary inspiration!

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  2. Thanks, Jenn! Looking forward to another year of culinary experiments...

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