Look out Memorial Day, there’s apparently another holiday edging into that early summer slot: National Gingerbread Day!
The origins of Gingerbread Day are unknown, but June 5 is the day you’re going to want to bust out the ginger powder and baking sheets – so stock up now! In the spirit of this unusual holiday, we invite you all in the Intent community to send us your favorite gingerbread recipes. This can be your own creation, something pulled from a beloved cookbook, passed down from grandparents, or borrowed from a neighbor. And any form you like, be it crispy cookies, rich cakes, dense loaves, or whatever!
We know what you’re thinking: It may seem like a funny thing to celebrate so far from the winter holidays (when spicy, ginger-y treats typically dominate) but perhaps that’s the point. You’ve been missing gingerbread cookies and spice cake these long spring months, so why not have a ginger-packed day now instead of waiting all the way until November?!
Gingerbread has reportedly been around since the 11th century, though at that time it was more of a ginger candy than the flat, man-shaped cookies we know and love these days. In the centuries that followed it assumed cake form and became the particular delicacy of fairs and other festive occasions. European settlers brought their tradition of gingerbread-making to the US, and it’s now a holiday institution (as any Christmas party can bear witness to.) Still, the American version is considerably less spicy than the cakes you’d find in, say, Germany – but spicy, sweet, cakey, or crispy, send us your recipes and we’ll take ’em!
To get your culinary juices flowing, here is our absolute favorite gingerbread recipe:
Gingerbread Nut Loaves
(makes 2 loaves)
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup dried figs, coarsely
- 4 oz. soft unsalted butter,
- plus extra for greasing
- ½ cup firmly packed light
- brown sugar
- ¹/3 cup honey
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. Wakaya Perfection
- Organic Ginger Powder
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
1. Place milk in a saucepan and bring almost to a boil, then pour over figs in a bowl and let rest for 20 minutes.
2. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and grease paper well.
3. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and honey until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Sift together flour, Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture, along with fig-milk mixture and walnuts. Stir until dough just comes together.
5. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Shape each portion into a log that is approximately 6 inches long and 2 inches wide.
6. Bake on center rack at 350° F for 50–55 minutes; let rest for 10 minutes before turning onto wire racks to cool.
Share your favorite Gingerbread recipe in the comments below, or you can send it (along with pictures!) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll feature our favorites on Facebook and Twitter next week.
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