Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gingerbread the Irish Way!

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I got this recipe from my older sister, Kate, she's an incredible cook and baker - puts me to shame! Check out her blog: - we have an Irish and Scottish background in our family, so I was immediately drawn to the idea of baking gingerbread with Guinness beer in it. The gingerbread turned out perfectly - moist and delicious. I baked a batch yesterday as a "test" to see if we like it enough for me to include as a Christmas dessert when we celebrate with Aaron's was a hit!

Guinness Gingerbread Cake

- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 cup turbinado sugar (or use 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar)
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 cup Guinness, or other dark beer
- Confectioner's sugar (for dusting)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9-inch cake pan and line with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and nutmeg.

In a third bowl, combine the molasses and beer and stir to dissolve. Add the dry ingredients and beer mixture alternately to the egg mixture, beating after the addition of each.

4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until puffed and set, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle top with some powdered sugar before serving.

1 comment:

  1. Yum! That looks delicious! Your Christmas dinner is going to be awesome. Looking forward to seeing everything you cook and bake up.