Recipe: Guinness Gingerbread Cake

I’m burnt out on Christmas. Maybe I’m just a bit bummed that we didn’t put up a tree this year and every room in our house is under renovation. I had a friend over for lunch today and made Guinness Gingerbread for dessert. Super yummy and spicy. You can barely taste the Guinness—if I close my eyes, think “Guinness” and take big bites I can. The cake is nice and moist and perfect with a dollop of whipped cream. The recipe comes from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book, a bakery in Brooklyn, New York.

2/3 cup Guinness stout
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons best-quality unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1/2 granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup molasses
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil

Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter and flour a 9 x 9 x 2 square cake pan.

1. In a medium saucepan, bring the beer to a simmer and remove from heat.

2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, ginger, white pepper, and cinnamon into a medium bowl.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and molasses until smooth. Whisk in the oil to combine. Whisk in the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the beer. (Dry, beer, dry, beer, dry.) Mix until just combined. Do not over mix.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

The gingerbread is best at room temperature with freshly whipped cream.

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Guiness Gingerbread Cake

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Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies With Brown Butter Icing

Just out the oven, Pumpkin Cookies with Brown-Butter Icing. I love this recipe. The cookies are kinda cakey. The brown butter icing is the perfect compliment to the spicyness of the cookie. The recipes suggest piping the cookies onto parchment. I tried it. I thought they were too flat and they lost their cakey texture. I liked the two-spoon-drop cookie method better. Make these cookies for guests as they arrive the night before Thanksgiving. I love pumpkin overload!

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cookies

for the cookies:
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 ¼ teaspoons ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
2 ¼ cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups canned solid-pack pumpkin (14 ounces)
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

for the icing:
4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon evaporated milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Make cookies: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a bowl.

2. Put butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in eggs. Reduce speed to low. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, and vanilla; mix until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add flour to mixture; mix until combined.

3. Drop cookies onto parchment spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake cookies about 12 minutes. Cool on sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.

4. Make icing: Put confectioners’ sugar in bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling, until golden brown. Immediately add butter to confectioners’ sugar. Add evaporated milk and vanilla; stir until smooth.

5. Spread about 1 teaspoon icing onto each cookie. Cookies can be stored in single layers in airtight containers at room temperature for 3 days.

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