Ginger Desserts

Poached Pear Ginger Cake | Ginger Desserts

Perhaps it’s because of the classic gingerbread houses and gingerbread men, but ginger is one of those flavors associated with Christmas and the holiday season. I love baking with the fragrant and peppery sweet spice all fall and winter, so it’s no wonder that these ginger desserts would be perfect at a holiday feast. The ginger stands out as the star in some of these treats, but even when it takes a backseat you’ll get a nice kick of the seasonal favorite.

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Poached Pear Ginger Cake

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Pear ginger cake is the quintessential fall cake.

Poached pears were the symbol of a sophisticated dessert when I was a kid. Not that we ever had them, but I saw them standing tall on the pages of Gourmet magazine and always thought how magical it would be to eat something so beautiful. They’re just so elegant and complex and generally boozed up with wine. I poached these in a chai tea cider mixture and they are just as satisfying without the buzz. The cake is spicy with a kick of freshly grated ginger and tons of warm spice from cloves and cinnamon. It’s by no means an overly sweet cake, which is how I like them. The molasses gives it color and that edge of bitter that I love. I’ve made it using more molasses and I love it, but I mellowed it down by adding some brown sugar to the mix. I think this is a perfect Thanksgiving dessert!

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