Gluten Free Molasses Gingerbread

Friday, 4 January 2013

In these dark days of winter I found myself craving gingerbread.  It might be that I’d had a cold recently and was thinking of ginger’s medicinal properties but mostly I just wanted to sink my teeth in to a sticky, spiced, dark slab of cake in an attempt to find warmth and comfort from the cold.  I hunted around for a recipe that looked like it might work gluten free.  As ever, Heidi Swanson of 101 cookbooks delivered.
 
I followed Heidi’s recipe simply subbing gluten free all purpose flour (Doves Farm Gluten Free Plain Flour) for the flour in the recipe, weight for weight.  I also halved the recipe and made the cake using a loaf pan because I didn’t have the right size cake tin.  It satisfied my gingerbread cravings perfectly.  Warm out of the oven is was sticky, rich and delicious. The top of the cake turns to a slightly caramelised crumb which is superb.  Heidi recommends keeping the cake in the fridge which I did.  The cake certainly became more dense but not really more sticky as I hoped.  This was most likely due to the tendency of gluten free flour to dry things out a little.  Despite this, it tasted fantastic.  The intensity of the ginger, molasses and spices seemed to heighten by being kept in the fridge.  We happily ate it over a few days bringing it up to room temperature before serving it with plain yoghurt or ice cream.  
You can find the recipe here.
 

6 comments:

  1. Ooh! Actual gingerbread is the one holiday food I didn't get my hands on this season. Maybe that'll have to change... :)

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    1. I can heartily recommend it. :)

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  2. hi caz, i made the recipe below and it satisfied all the same cravings. i found it bc i can't do eggs right now. thought you'd like to know! they were gooey and delicious. cheers!

    http://www.mommypotamus.com/grain-free-gingerbread-cookies/#comment-41773

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    1. Thanks Ariyele, I'll take a look at those. Always happy to try something grain free too. :)

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  3. Hey Caz, lovely meeting you today :) I love your blog! I so wanna bake this cake, I don't care if it's the wrong time of year for gingerbread, it looks too good...

    Aimee

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    1. It was lovely to meet you too. :) Thanks for your comments! There's never a wrong time for gingerbread as far as I'm concerned. ;)

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