Monday, December 10, 2012

Rich Gingerbread Muffins with Honey Ginger Glaze for #MuffinMonday


When my girls were still living at home, we had an afternoon routine.  When they got back from school, I had a snack ready for them.  Sometimes it was simple and healthy like apples cut into little boats with sweetened yogurt in which to dip them.  Often it was cookies or muffins or a cake that I had baked.  We’d sit around the coffee table and they would eat their snacks and we would talk about the day, anything interesting that happened at school or something they learned.  Then we’d move onto what they had for homework.  This took as little as 15 minutes or sometimes as much as half an hour but I loved the time reconnecting with them and fueling them for the homework ahead.  Around this time of year, one of the favorite treats I would bake was gingerbread.  I’d usually double our favorite Good Housekeeping recipe to make a big pan and it didn’t take more than a day or two for the whole thing to disappear.  We lived in the tropics so there weren’t any seasonal hints that Christmas was coming.  But the rich, spicy aroma of gingerbread baking in the oven was enough to get us all thinking Christmassy thoughts.

When I got this week’s Muffin Monday email, I was delighted to see a gingerbread recipe.  I haven’t made any yet this year and my Christmas spirit could sure use a boost.  In usual Holiday Series pimp-my-muffin fashion, I have added in mincemeat pie filling, a honey ginger glaze and some chopped crystallized ginger for topping.  The house smelled like old times and I am grateful that my girls will be home soon for the Christmas break, because it made me miss them even more.  

Ingredients
For the muffins:
1/2 cup or 110g sugar
2 1/2 cups or 315g flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup or 120ml molasses or treacle
1/2 cup or 155g mincemeat pie filling
1/4 cup or 60ml milk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup or 120g butter, melted and cooled

For honey ginger glaze:
1/2 cup or 120ml honey
Small slice fresh ginger
1 tablespoon butter
Pinch salt

For sprinkling on top:
1/4 cup pieces of crystallized ginger

Method
Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C.  Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cases or butter your muffin pan liberally.

Mix your sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger and cinnamon in a big bowl.


In a smaller bowl, mix your molasses, mincemeat pie filling, milk, eggs and melted butter.
Whisk well.


This stuff looks black and, frankly horrible, and it made me burst into a song from my childhood.  Which is still circling in my head like an earworm so permit me to share.  After all, an earworm shared is a gift that keeps on giving.  Merry Christmas!  No need to thank me.


“When up through the ground come a bubbling crude.  Oil, that is!  Black gold!  Texas Tea!”   Sorry, sorry!  Back to the recipe at hand.  Like Jed’s find, your black gold is going to make you rich.  A rich gingerbread muffin, that is.

Pour your wet ingredients, here on out to be known as black gold, into your dry ones and fold until just combined.

Told you it was black!  Everybody, sing with me! 


Spoon or scoop the batter into your prepared muffin cups.   I could have managed to just squeeze all that batter into 12 cups but my dear husband was taking these muffins in to his office to share and I figured 16 was better than 12 for those purposes.



Bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick or wooden skewer comes out clean.

Meanwhile, chop the crystallized ginger into little bitty pieces and set aside.



Remove the muffin pan from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.


Remove the muffins from the pan and cool completely on a rack.


Once your muffins are cool, you can make the glaze.  Measure out your honey and butter into a small saucepan, adding the one slice of fresh ginger and the pinch of salt.


Let it come to a boil and then continue to boil for a couple of minutes.



Allow to cool slightly and then, using a spoon, start drizzling your glaze on the muffins.



Top each glazed muffin with some crystallized ginger and then drizzle a little more glaze to make sure the ginger stays on.



If your glaze starts to get too thick as it cools, just warm it gently on the stove until it is drizzling consistency once more.



This one is for Cecilie.  The cut of wood off the bottom of our Christmas.  Mmm. Pine.

Enjoy!


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8 comments :

  1. OMG! That looks heavenly! I love the picture of the glaze bubbling away!

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  2. those are some killer gingerbread muffins! i'd love one right now, as i'm totally craving gingerbread! i love your after-school routine, and i would love to do the same with my kiddo!

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  3. Love gingerbread! These muffins look great. I used to love coming home from school and eating a snack. It was always a good way to decompress.

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  4. Thanks, Lin! Since I made the honey glaze for my last BundtaMonth cake, I've been dying to try it again for muffins. So easy!

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  5. Thank you! I miss our afternoon routine now that my girls are off at university. One day they are toddling off to nursery school and then next, they are gone. I treasure those fleeting afternoons. Also, the crystallized ginger is what makes these party-fancy, don't you think?

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  6. Thanks, Laura! That was always my goal. A good transition from school to home and a chance to talk about the day before getting down to the business of homework. Both girls are excellent students, so I think it worked. : )

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  7. I am a bit behind on my reading and wowee! I love that glaze - I think it would be great on ice cream, in hot chocolate, on pound cake - there's not much it wouldn't be good on! YUM!!

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  8. Honey glaze is my new favorite thing, Kelli! So easy to make and even to add different flavors. I think if you added it to ice cream, you'd end up with hard candy instead of a glaze though!

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