I almost had a complete meltdown this week when I went to use the oven and the gas didn’t work. Ordinarily I would find it quite easy to survive for three days without as I do love a good salad. When you have committed to 12 bakes before Christmas, however, a gas-less oven is less than ideal. Luckily, it being the most wonderful time of the year, my mood tends to remain in a permanently fabulous state, and so I made the decision that instead of completely losing my nut, I would simply deal with the situation in a manner almost as blasé as the gas company themselves. I am ecstatic to announce that, alas, I am again living with a fuelled-up oven. Disaster over. Shall we move on? Yes. Good idea.
I have baked my own recipes, I have baked from festive cookbooks, and I have baked from Christmas magazines. One source, however, that I am yet to utilise is probably the most obvious of all. What is this you are referring to, Harry? Well, my beautifully festive reader, it is another blogger of course! I like to peruse fellow blogs to check out what everyone else is up to, and that is how I came across todays festive bake – The Ninth Bake of Christmas, if you will.
I was many-a-recipe-deep in an almighty culinary browse when I came across this beauty of a festive recipe on a blog called The Patterned Plate, written by Doha-based Caroline Smith. And the recipe? A Nigella Christmas special – Sticky Gingerbread (click for recipe). Nom-tastic. When my brother and his girlfriend were back in the UK a couple of months ago, they bought me a set of 5 christmas tree-shaped cake cases, and I have been looking for a festive recipe in which to use them ever since they graced my baking drawer. This gingerbread was PERFECT!
The recipe is designed for a rectangular baking tray or oven-proof dish (about 30x20x5cm), but Caroline does it with mini loaf tins (14x5x5cm). The mixture apparently fills 5 perfectly. And for those oddballs, like myself, who happen to be in possession of tree-molds, it fills five of those perfectly too! Bake for 10 minutes less than if you were using the larger tray, and keep on eye on them. They are called STICKY gingerbread for a reason! Nobody wants bone-dry gingerbread! Merry baking y’all!