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Thursday, 23 April 2009

Jamie's Ultimate Gingerbread!

Happy St. George's Day!!

And to celebrate, I made something totally English and very wonderful. Gingerbread - a copy of "Grasmere Gingerbread" - recipe courtesy of Jamie Oliver.

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I do love ginger, in the right quantities! When I clapped eyes on this article from Apartment Therapy The Kitchen, I knew that the recipe would queue jump all others in the ever growing pile. I've not eaten the "original" Grasmere gingerbread, but I would like to try it to see how it compares with Jamie's recipe.
This gingerbread is more like a biscuit/cookie, soft and crunchy at the same time, and the ginger isn't over the top, especially if you grind the crystallized ginger quite fine. I think that if you served the gingerbread warm with some vanilla ice cream, you would be in heaven!

Jamie Oliver's Ultimate Gingerbread
Adapted from here.

400g shop-bought shortbread
170g coarse demerara sugar
3 level teaspoons ground ginger (divided into 2 t and 1 t)
40g mixed peel, finely chopped
40g crystallized ginger, finely chopped
70g plain flour
a pinch of baking powder
40g golden syrup (adding a bit more will make the gingerbread softer)
40g treacle
70g unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 170ºC/325ºF/gas 3. Line a 9" x 13" baking sheet with baking parchment.

Put the shortbread, sugar and 2 teaspoons of the ground ginger into a food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs. Remove 100g of the mix and keep this to one side. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of ginger to the food processor, along with the mixed peel, crystallized ginger, flour and baking powder, and pulse until well mixed.

In a large saucepan, melt the syrup, treacle and butter together. When melted, pour the mixture from the food processor into the saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is thoroughly mixed together.

Tip the mixture onto the baking tray and spread out evenly. Press it down with a spatula or the back of a large spoon. When the mixture is flat and even, put the tray in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, take the tray out of the oven and sprinkle the hot gingerbread with the reserved crumbs, pressing them down well with a spatula or back of a spoon.

Carefully cut into good-sized pieces with a sharp knife, and leave to cool in the tray before eating.

Note: I ground the crystallized ginger and mixed peel in a small processor at the start to make it really fine and cut the ground ginger by 1 teaspoon - just my personal preference!
You can leave out the mixed peel and it still tastes really good.

(Printable Recipe)

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My blog turned 2 this week, and I wanted to say a big thank you to all my readers and to everyone who has taken the time to comment or make a recipe from this blog.

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And as you can see, we have been busy in the garden - there's going to be a ton of chillies of all varieties, along with lots of other wonderful veggies.

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The photo of the chilli seedlings in this post is my entry for this month's 'Click', a monthly theme-based photography contest hosted by Jugalbandi. This month’s theme is: Spring/Autumn
You can view the gallery here, it's updated as the photos come in.

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Jules said...

Happy Blog Birthday. I love gingerbread and will have to try this recipe.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That recipe is a bit different and very very appealing! Happy Blog Birthday! Mine was 2 this week as well, but I forgot all about it :)

chris said...

Looks great as does all your baking. May have to try this one.


Elyse said...

Happy Blogiversary again!! I love that this gingerbread comes out like a biscuit cookie. How delicious! And what a perfect way to celebrate St. George's Day!!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

MMMM...The ginger bread looks delicious!! Congrats on your 2nd blog birthday!! I hope to enjoy many more dleicious recipes, my foodie friend!

Sylvie said...

Happy blogaversarie!

Nic, you have just managed to make me wanna have gingerbread and ice cream at 8.08am! Beautiful.

Jan said...

Happy Blog Birthday Nic - Here's to many more years of your fantastic blog!!
Love the gingerbread.

Deeba PAB said...

Happy blogbirthday to one of my fave & good looking blogs... Those chili plants look lovely. And of course the gingerbread is MIND BLOWING. Substitute for golden treacle & golden syrup please???Was lovely to find u on TWITTAH!! xoxoxo

Nic said...

Jules - thanks! Tis a good recipe!

Holler Happy Blog Birthday to you too!!

Chris - this is a good one, hope you try it!

Elyse - thank you so much!

Sophie - thanks!!

Sylvie - he he - 8.08 isn't sooo bad, lol!!

Jan - aww thank you!

Deeba - thank you! I am thinking you could sub corn syrup for the golden and dk molasses for the treacle... I wonder if that would work?

grace said...

you're right--that's some short and squat gingerbread, but it still looks glorious! and clearly, some ice cream would do nothing but help the situation. :)

Marta said...

I've been meaning to try this recipe for a while, every time I flip through the dessert section of the book, it catches my eye. Now that I have some reasurance that it does turn out yummy, I'll make it this weekend.
I've followed you blog for a while and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it! I've actually tried a couple of your recipes and loved them all (custard muffins are a HIT at home!) Congratulations on turning 2!!!!!

Nic said...

Grace - lol, love the description of short and squat!

Marta - thank you so much for your lovely comment, and for trying some of the recipes - glad you liked them! I would definitely make the gingerbread again, even one of my kids who hates ginger snuck a few bars!

Pattern Patisserie said...

Oh yum, this looks really good, now I will have to source golden syrup over here....thanks for the, as usual, inspired post! Patricia

Snooky doodle said...

oh looks delicious and happy blog anniversary :)

Maggie said...

It's been good to pop by your blog over the last two years Nic! The gingerbread looks delicious.

Sam said...

I've never tried Grasmere gingerbread before but that looks so good it's just shot up my long list of recipes to try.

Congratulations on 2 years of blogging!

Dragon said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Kris Ngoei said...

As the name "Ultimate" has suggested supreme quality of gingerbread, you have proved it to be absolutely scrumptious. Can't wait to bake it asap! :-)



Katie said...

I've never tried this type of gingerbread but it sounds wonderful. Happy blog anniversary too :)

Anonymous said...

Hey - happy blog birthday! I'm about a month off my (yikes) fifth anniversary :) The gingerbread looks heavenly and I'm a sucker for ginger... Love the baby chillies too! I grew 2 plants from seed last year that I got at the Chelsea Flower Show - they have variegated leaves and make purple chillies that ripen to red - too gorgeous.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Happy Birthday, Nic! Already 2? Wow! How time flies, huh? And I love, love, love gingerbread.

Rico said...

Well done you and Jamie with this delicious recipe, my son just loves the stuff, I love the chillies you growing, I am growing some myself I I am lucky last year all flowers fell and no chillies lol :)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Congratualtions on 2 years of blogging Nic. I hope you celebrated with some of this amazing gingerbread and icecream:D

Half Baked said...

Happy anniversary:) that gingerbread looks amazing!!

kaetrn said...

i've been to grasmere and LOVE LOVE LOVE the gingerbread there! i actually prefer it to the softer german style (shh, don't tell my grandma!). i am so excited you posted this recipe, i will definitely try it!

Maria♥ said...

Happy Belated Blog Birthday! The gingerbread looks so decadent and delish.


bee said...

thanks for a lovely entry.

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

This looks so simple and delicious - just my kind of food. Don't know how I missed it in among my Jamie books.

Stacey Snacks said...

Haven't visited in a while....congrats on 2 years!
Looking forward to many more delicious bites!

Cynthia said...

Can't wait to see those chilies and veggies!

Nic said...

Thanks so much everyone!

Jude said...

This looks really really promising. And I always appreciate metric measurements. Bookmarked!

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely blog! Gingerbread AND Jamie?! I must make this recipe.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Happy Blogiversary Nic- I love reading your blog!! Great gingerbread too ;0)

Rosie x