I’ve experimented with a good number of gingerbread recipes in the years since I highlighted Regan Daley’s Black Sticky Gingerbread. There were single, double and triple gingerbread cookies. Cakes that have been kissed with spices and others with experience on the first and second basis. They are all really good. But I always come back to hers when it matters. And because it’s been hiding in the archives for so long, I thought I’d run my updated version today with tweaks and new insights. Please enjoy!
At that time I said the following: “… The black sticky gingerbread comes together like the cake it is – straightforward, unfussy, with a bit of kick and attitude. Melt the butter with the sweeteners, stir in a few eggs, the fragrant spices and Fold in the flour, sprinkle with freshly grated ginger and pour the batter into the prepared pan. The cake is incredibly dark, dense, aromatic and delicious. Not the prettiest cake you will ever make. but one of the tastiest. The burnt caramel-like crust that forms on top of the cake is outrageous, and that was the first part of the cake that went. “
What’s the best gingerbread pan?
I’ve baked this gingerbread cookie in different pans over the years. In all honesty, it’s hard to go wrong. You may need to adjust the baking time depending on what you are using. Less time when baking in muffin or cupcake tins, or longer when using a sheet pan or large bundt pan. See the recipe notes for instructions. This is just a long way to say, experiment!
Your gingerbread suggestions
Some of you have made insightful comments over the years and I wanted to highlight a few here. Kelly remarked, “I made this for Christmas dinner this year with homemade lemon curd and it was fab!” Exchanging gluten-free flour for flour was successful. And Haruspex loaded it up and said, “I cut the recipe in half, made it in a loaf pan, added a handful of chopped dates and raisins soaked in sherry, and another with chopped walnuts, and took it to a New Year’s party.” Have fun, I’d love to know if any of you are trying this over the holidays or if you have other personalized changes to it! xo -h