This week, Katie of Katiecakes chose our recipe, Guiness Gingerbread. I thought it was a bit odd, gingerbread in May, when most of our recipes have been heavy on the fresh fruit, but then remembered that she’s from Newcastle, England, where the weather isn’t quite as spring-y as it is here. Although Urbana could probably give England a run for its money in the rain department this past week! You should definitely check out Katie’s site, she has some wonderful recipes and beautiful pictures!
This week’s recipe was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed it- and I’m not usually a gingerbread person! I think it’s that whole “molasses” issue I’m working on overcoming. That, and there are so many wonderful alternatives, especially at my Grandma’s at Christmas, that I’ve mostly avoided it. I halved this recipe, anyway, and baked it in a 9×5 loaf pan for 30 minutes (I probably should have checked it at 25 minutes, the edges were very crisp).
This recipe was very spicy, which I enjoyed. I left out the cocoa powder, because I left mine at my parent’s/home a while ago, and since I’m heading back this week, I didn’t see the use in buying another container. I think the white pepper added a nice kick, which I hadn’t expected! To be honest, I really didn’t taste the Guiness.
I think I would make this recipe again, but would definitely wait until the winter. I procrastinated big time with this one, and just baked it this afternoon, and it was so nice and sunny that it just seemed out of place. It had a really nice, dense crumb, was a little bit moist, and pleasantly spicy. I would also make this again because now I can- I just turned 21 about a week and a half ago, so it was exciting to be able to buy my own Guiness for this recipe, rather than asking someone else. Mike has learned to accept that I sometimes ask for strange types of alcohol for cooking, but it’s still nice to not have to ask someone to go out of their way to find some odd liquor. And if you don’t believe me, above is the bracelet I got at the bar on my birthday saying that I’m 21 (in Champaign, you can get into bars at 19, but they give you a bracelet once you turn 21 so they know you’re old enough to buy alcohol). Oh, and the bracelet Mike gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago.
In any event, I’m still having a ton of fun with the Sweet Melissa Sundays group, and you should check out the blogroll to see what everyone else thought of this sweet, spicy bread. Also, the membership is going to be capped at 50 people, so if you’ve been on the fence, drop over there and join the group ASAP!