Old Fashioned Perfect Gingerbread

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Old Fashioned Perfect Gingerbread

 Old Fashioned Perfect Gingerbread



Ingredients  Old Fashioned Perfect Gingerbread

Number of cake

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1

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200 g of T45 flour


50 g of other flour (I use buckwheat, traditionally it is chestnut and rye)


250 g of honey


1 lemon zest


1 orange zest


1.5 tablespoon of baking soda


1 liter of water


50 g brown sugar (rapadura powder preferably for taste)


1 tablespoon of cinnamon


1 tablespoon of ground ginger


1 tablespoon of nutmeg


2 cloves, chopped


1/2 teaspoon of anise


1 star anise 4 split cardamom seeds)


1 teaspoon of chocolate powder


1 teaspoon of vanilla


1 handful of toasted almonds (optional)




Preparation  Old Fashioned Perfect Gingerbread
Total time : 1 h
Preparation: 1 hour
In 1dl of water, bring all the flavors and spices with the sugar (except citrus fruits and almonds) to a gentle boil, whisking lightly so that the water infuses the spices evenly.
After 5min of boiling, remove from heat and forget for 1/4 hour.
During this resting time, mix the flours. Heat the honey to liquefy it then pour it into the flour.
Gradually form a homogeneous dough using a spatula. Remove the star anise and cardamom from the spice mixture and after rest pour it into this paste then mix.
Finally add the zest and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
Forget the dough for 2 days under a clean cloth.
After this long rest, preheat the oven to 150 ° C. At this point, the dough has hardened under the action of the honey, but fear not. Turn the dough slightly using a spatula and add 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and almonds. Butter a cake mold and place the dough in it.
Bake for 1 hour at 150 ° C (rotating heat) and finish cooking for 1/4 hour with the oven off. Note: it is possible to start cooking 10min at 180 ° C then lower for a darker crust. However, do not open the oven.

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