Ahhh, Gingerbread. Another one of my fall favorites. The aroma of fresh ginger, molasses, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg floating around in my kitchen as it bakes is just heavenly! The ideas for this recipe comes from one of my new favorite blogs, Darjeeling Dreams.
The recipe also calls for a bit of Guinness. This past spring I used some Bridgeport stout in my chocolate oatmeal stout muffins and they were outstanding so I couldn't wait to try it again with this gingerbread. The recipe over at Darjeeling Dreams also includes a poached pear recipe to go along side the gingerbread. Well, I was feeling a bit lazy so I just added some diced pears to my gingerbread and turned the bread into mini cakes by using my trusty muffin pan. I topped my little cakes with some honey whipped cream and ground nutmeg.
They were incredibly moist and flavorful. I'm thinking this is my new favorite gingerbread recipe!
Pear Gingerbread Cakes
inspired by Darjeeling Dreams
makes 16-18 cakes
1/2 cup Guinness
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup honey
1/2 brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup diced pear, peeled and cored
1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Lightly spray oil paper liners.
In a large bowl, combine the Guinness, molasses, eggs, honey, brown sugar, oil, fresh ginger and pear. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
Fill lined muffin cups 1/2 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool in pan 5 minutes before placing them on a wire rack. Cool completely.
Top with honey whipped cream, which is simply heavy whipped cream sweetened with honey instead of sugar. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg.
I hope you'll give these a try as soon as it's cool enough to brave turning on your ovens. Please be sure and pay a visit to Darjeeling Dreams as well.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend and hope you have a fantastic week as well!