So, I realized it's March - and gingerbread is not exactly something you think about when it's springtime, but hey, I like to be unconventional every once in a while! As I think back on our November baking club meeting - I think this was one of my favorite ones so far. I had a lot of fun making my recipe (a gingerbread roll) and had even more fun tasting everyone else's creations! They were so varied and the sweet and spicy flavor of ginger came through in different and unique ways. See below for all the pictures!
LIBBY - Gingerbread Roll Cake (via Roxana's Home Baking)
KLARE - Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll with Eggnog Glaze
At first Klare had me at cinnamon roll - then she dropped the eggnog bomb - and I was drooling. I think these were some of the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had - and the gingerbread flavor really brought them to another level. I ate an entire cinnamon roll during baking club - and felt lucky enough to take another one home with me for breakfast the next day. Talk about O-YUM-G!
TONYA - Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf and Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Frosting
Tonya hosted us in her newly updated kitchen and was so excited to have a working kitchen again - she made two recipes! The first was a wonderfully moist and dense chocolate gingerbread loaf. The flavors were pretty much equally chocolate and gingerbread and all around delicious! Her other dish was a tender gingerbread cake with lemon frosting. The ginger and lemon flavors really go well together. I can see this cake as a great contribution to a potluck luncheon.
GINA - Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Cake & Gingerbread Muffins with Lemon Glaze
Gina brought a show-stopping gingerbread pear upside down cake - it was so beautiful and delicious, too! There were a lot of flavor combinations I wouldn't have thought of but the spiciness of gingerbread was a perfect complement to the delicate and sweet flavor of the pears (and brown sugar and butter mixture didn't hurt either!). Gina's other dish were some gingerbread muffins with a lemon glaze. They were tasty and perfect for packing in your lunch on a cold winter's day (or really, any day).