Lafayette Gingerbread

Lafayette Gingerbread



A delicious gingerbread made with fortified wine and fresh orange juice.

Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup seedless raisins (optional)
  • 1 Tbs. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mace
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. fresh grated orange zest
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsulphered molasses
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup ruby Port, Madeira, or cream sherry
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. warm water
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with non-stick spray and set aside. If you are adding raisins, toss them with 1/4 cup of the flour in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine flour with spices and salt in a large bowl and whisk lightly to mix.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, brown sugar and orange zest until light (about 3 minutes). Beat in eggs one at a time and continue beating 2 minutes until light. Add molasses and beat just until combined.
  4. With mixer on low, add milk, then Port, and then orange juice alternately with flour mixture. Begin and end with flour mixture. Dissolve baking soda in warm water and mix into batter. If using raisins, fold into batter with a spatula along with all remaining flour. Be careful not to overmix the batter at this point!
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and use a spatula to spread it evenly. Bake on middle rack of oven about 35-40 minutes or until the gingerbread begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Serve with whipped cream if desired.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes