Monday, April 14, 2008

Only 255 Shopping Days Until Christmas

Last December I filmed a gingerbread recipe for About.com. Since it hadn't "gone live," I decided to post a link to the written recipe so you could make this easy holiday treat. I promised to post the video as soon as it went "live," but due to circumstances beyond my control, it never was aired. Well, a few days ago it made it's Internet debut, so here you go. What follows is the original post, now with video. Enjoy!

Old-Fashion Gingerbread - Glue Guns, Repressed Cannibalism, or Delicious Cake?

There are three things people do with gingerbread this time of year. Some people spend about a week making a house out of it. Looking at a gingerbread house is always kind of frustrating, as some of it actually looks edible, but you know it's going to taste like cardboard (which it is probably glued to). Not that you'd ever find out since you can't touch it. What about the child, too young to understand, being traumatized by getting yelled at for eating the shingle off a gingerbread house? The only thing worse is how bad it probably tasted.

Then, there are the gingerbread men. There's something a little disturbing about how much people of all ages enjoy chomping the head off these cookies. We all have that same creepy smile on our faces as we hold the decapitated body and move on to chew off one of the limbs. Sure it tastes good, but it may go deeper than that. That reminds me, I'll have to check out PETA's official stand on Animal Crackers.

Then there is the third, and best, use for this sweet and spicy batter, gingerbread cake! The link below is a very easy, fast and delicious gingerbread cake recipe with lemon glaze. It only takes a few minutes to throw together and it's perfect for your holiday table. This recipe is from a video I did for About.com, that has not gone live yet. As soon as the video is up, I'll post that also, but I wanted you to have this recipe in time for Christmas in case you were still trying to think of a fitting dessert. Enjoy! Click here for Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Glaze Recipe.

Photo (c) by Flickr user terren in Virginia

20 comments:

George said...

Very funny post. I was one of those young kids that would pull off a shingle! LOL. How was I suppose to know??? But I do like biting off the heads and am proud of it! mmmmm...edible heads.

Uncledee said...

God I wish I can decently make some of these. I suck at pastry.

Chef John said...

no way to mess this one up! Give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Sank in the middle! Half the height of the edges, so a real sink-hole! Wha' hoppined? Thanks, John...

Chef John said...

sounds like it didnt cooking enough. If you just go by time,you never know since the oven may be off. Or a wrong measurement? Hard to say. My wife and I have made this at least 20 times and have never had that happen. Not really sure what happened!!

Uncledee said...

HAHA. Mine works, and they taste great, thanks chef john. I think that sounds like a case of an angry air bubble in the batter!

Anonymous said...

is the video up yet?

Chef John said...

no, im still waiting! Ill put it up as soon as they send it live.

Megan said...

I LOVE gingerbread. I was never able to find a good recipe for it though. Thanks Chef John!

texichan said...

Ahh, this looks delicious! I have all the ingredients apart from molasses and powdered sugar. Think I might have to stop by the store. Thanks for this!

LN- Nickers and Ink said...

I will never look at gingerbread cookie men the same way again. ;-)

Linda
Nickers and Ink

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scallywag said...

Looks good, rather go with the full proof cake mixes in a box... Plus a dollar/box is pretty reasonable, so chefs/home cooks, go make your fancy homemade pastries, I'm sure they'll taste better and look nicer, but you can't mess with a box cake!

Chef John said...

yeah, just don't read the ingredient list!

Anonymous said...

slower than a snail

Ian said...

Just made this today.

Fantastic! Prep is quite simple and seemingly impossible to screw up, and the results are great.

Anonymous said...

I've tried this recipe and my friends love it.
However, there is a friend who's really health conscious due to strong family medical history. Do you have any recipes for dessert using wholemeal flour and less sweet? Or can we replace the AP flour with wholemeal flour?
Thanks for the great videos + recipes, Chef! ;)

Chef John said...

thanks! this recipe is great with wheat flour. Also you can reduce the sugar, but sugar = moisture. So it may be drier.

jessica said...

what i do to get rid of those icky cake ruining air bubbles is spread the batter in the pan and use the whisk to whisk it around a little and smooth it out with the spatula. works like a charm.

den said...

Hi Chef John!! totaly love your videos))
Can you tell me please what can i use instead of molasses??

Chef John said...

You can use brown sugar, but it will not be the same!