Molasses Ginger Bread | Wolf Gourmet 4-slice Toaster

On a particularly early morning, I found myself sitting in one of London’s east end restaurants, working through details of a fast approaching and fairly high-pressure event. It was a misty wooly grey morning, and I had waited outside in the drizzle for someone to let me in.

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Being so early, the space was just a hair shy of warm, the ovens only having just begun their day’s labor. I ordered a cup of black coffee, imagining it would be the hottest thing on their early morning menu. A hand appeared in my peripheral vision and placed a plate in front of me – on it was a large, fat slice of bread and a pat of butter. “On the house!” said the friendly face with a distinctive County Cork accent.

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The flavor and warmth of that first mouthful was transporting. Rich and dark and deeply spiced with ginger, clove and nutmeg. It was perfectly balanced, perfectly textured – food for the soul. The toasting was perhaps the last key element that took this bread to the level of the divine, adding a gorgeous crunchy edge to the squidgy sponge middle. It was heaven.

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I now make my own version of that cake. Built from memory, it has become synonymous with our own kitchen, and our own mornings. But each time I catch the aroma of this molasses ginger loaf wafting up from my Wolf Gourmet toaster, I can’t help but think where it began. It was then and is now the most delightful start to any morning.

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Molasses Ginger Loaf
Molasses Ginger Loaf Cake
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Molasses Ginger Loaf
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Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs well beaten with a good pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger heaping
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger heaping
  • 4 chai tea bags
  • 2/3 cup milk
Instructions
  • Grease and flour a 9 x 5" loaf pan and preheat the oven to 350F
  • Place milk and chai tea bags in a small sauce pan. place over the lowest heat and infuse milk. do not let it come to a simmer or boil. infuse milk with tea approximately 8 minutes
  • Squeeze out tea bags into the milk and discard. Make sure the milk has come back down tor room temperature before adding to the recipe
  • In a medium-sized bowl mix the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, clove and ground ginger. reserve the fresh ginger until later
  • In a large bowl cream butter until light and fluffy
  • Gradually add sugar until it is fully combined
  • In a small bowl beat the eggs with a good pinch of salt then slowly add the beaten eggs to the butter and sugar mixture
  • Add a tbsp of the flour mixture to the butter, sugar and egg mixture
  • Gradually add the milk and a tbsp of flour alternately (using about half the flour)
  • Gradually add in the molasses and a tbsp or so of flour if the batter looks like it is separating
  • Mix in the fresh ginger
  • Add the remaining flour mixture until just combined
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake 45-50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean
  • Let the cake cool about 5-10 minutes and then turn it out onto a cooling rack
  • Once the cake has cooled completely, slice into 1.5" slices and pop in the WolfGourmet Toaster. With the setting on 5, toast the bread.
  • Remove and serve each slice with a good lashing of fresh creamy butter.
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Krissy O’Shea is the blogger behind Cottage Farm, a freelance photographer and a prop and floral stylist living in New England. She has also designed and produced events, including Kinfolk gatherings, media events, weddings and other parties over the years. She holds an MFA from the San Francisco Arts Institute.

 

 

 

Molasses Ginger Bread | Wolf Gourmet 4-slice Toaster

 

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4 comments on “Cottage Farm’s Molasses Ginger Loaf Cake”

  1. Wilson

    Please could you clarify how much milk to use? I couldn’t see it in the ingredients list.
    Thanks in advance!

  2. Matt Harrington

    Hi Wilson,
    Apologies for the oversight. It’s 2/3 cup of milk. The recipe has been updated above. Thank you for letting us know it was missing.

  3. Samad

    Hi, Krissy O’Shea
    better effort to make Cottage Farm’s Molasses Ginger Loaf Cake. what to change in ingredient lists if i desire to make that type of cake for diabetes patient? i am waiting for your kind reply.

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