Orange Spice Gingerbread Cake
I served it with whipped cream, orange zest,
fresh orange slices and a sweet dusting of icing sugar.
Orange zest is a lovely addition to gingerbread. It takes the flavour in a whole new direction and works perfectly with molasses and the spices. You decide just how much orange zest you want to add (a little or a lot). The cardamom can be omitted if you don’t have it on hand.
This recipe is an adaptation of a gingerbread recipe found in the wonderful cookbook, Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens (recently reprinted). The spicing is borrowed, in part, from the gingerbread recipe in the book Delicious! by Ruth Reichl.
A big thanks and hug to my dear friend Connie who shared this recipe with me.
Fancy molasses is an excellent topping on toast, pancakes or biscuits and is a great addition to marinades, rubs and sauces. It is a popular ingredient in baked goods, yielding softer cookies and crustier bread.
Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'