Gourmet's Gingerbread for June Gloom

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Food Librarian - Gourmet's Gingerbread
June Gloom Gingerbread

Los Angeles is having a major case of June Gloom. In the last couple weeks we have had overcast skies, rain, foggy days, and even lightening. That marine layer just won't go away. There is only a 58% chance of sunshine in June in LA and I'm beginning to wonder if I need to take Vitamin D supplements instead of my daily dose outside. And perhaps a few hours in front of my Lowell Ego lights. Sigh. Just kidding...sorta.

This may sound very pathetic to some, but these lower temperatures and cloudy skies make me think of FALL. And what's the flavor of fall? Gingerbread.

I'm always looking for gingerbread recipes. I love ginger. I love unfrosted cakes (yeah, JustJenn, I'm not a member of Frosting Nation or "Legalize Frostitution" campaign). Gingerbread is the perfect combo of not too sweet cake, moistness, cinnamon and ginger.

Food Librarian - Gourmet's Gingerbread
This is Gourmet's Gingerbread from February 2009
Recipe by Ruth Cousineau

One of my co-workers said it tasted like little Ginger People chews were in the cake. Sorta like a soylent green ginger cake! :) This cake only uses ground ginger, ground cinnamon and molasses for the spice - making it really easy to assemble!

Food Librarian - Gourmet's Gingerbread
I dusted my squares with powdered sugar but a dollop of whipped cream would be nice too.

Food Librarian - Gourmet's Gingerbread
I find that cutting everything and putting them in cupcake holders makes for easy grabbing by co-workers and less mess. Good thing I picked up 1,000 of these at Surfas recently! :)

Hopefully the sun WILL come out tomorrow! :)

Recipe: Gourmet's Gingerbread
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Esi said... [Reply to comment]

I hear the sun is making an appearance this weekend. I love the June gloom though, it puts me in the mood to cook and bake delicious things like this gingerbread!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Well that stinks - I hate rainy, gloomy weather. We've had an ok June - lots of rain during the week but the sun has been coming out on the weekends which sort of makes up for it. The gingerbread looks terrific!

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

I'm in the UCLA area too and by luck I found your blog (which is great by the way)! Gingerbread is the perfect cure for this June gloom... thanks for the post!

Audrie said... [Reply to comment]

I was just telling my husband it looks as if we've skipped summer and went straight into fall! LOL! (Btw I think I'm the only person delighted that it's gloomy!)

Love gingerbread anything, anytime... I need to bust out my recipe for gingerbread cake too! We've got family visiting so there's an excuse to bake! :D

Donna-FFW said... [Reply to comment]

I am a believer in all foods at all times during the year. This would hit the spot here right now in NJ also. How do you cut them so evenly? Gorgeous!

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

I wish my coworkers would bring in beautifully presented little squares of yummy gingerbread. Maybe when they read your blog they'll take the hint! :)

I'm sorry about your sunshine, but then again you have Surfas and we don't. (To be honest, not much sunshine, either.)

Engineer Baker said... [Reply to comment]

Luckily, it's not too gloomy here in Wisconsin, but I'm a sucker for gingerbread. Love it, and love those simple cakes. Frosting had its place, but sometimes simple snack cakes are best. Might have to squeeze it in before leaving tomorrow :)

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I love gingerbread. We've been having some serious gloom in DC, too so I feel your pain. It's just not fair, is it?
I can't wait to try the gingerbread recipe. It looks fantastic.

Michele said... [Reply to comment]

Your gingerbread looks lovely. We live in Northern California and it's been so cold. Yuk! I love hot summer weather.

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

Sorry you are having gloomy weather! I hope the gingerbread cheered you up :)

Creative Classroom Core said... [Reply to comment]

That is some of the prettiest gingerbread I have ever seen!

Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

gingerbread looks fantastic!

Katrina said... [Reply to comment]

Bummer about the gloom, yummer about the gingerbread.

Ingrid_3Bs said... [Reply to comment]

Those look so moist and yummy! Wish I could grab one and go!

Mermaid Sews said... [Reply to comment]

Those are so cute, I like how you put them in cupcake wrappers. And, my dad was just complaining and warning me about June gloom because I am headed to LA on Thursday next week. Don't worry, we've been having that here in SF.

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

I've only made gingerbread like this once and it didn't turn out so well but this inspires me to give it another chance!

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

I'm craving for gingerbread now! It looks really delicious.

Book Boor said... [Reply to comment]

You have the absolute best timing! You're gingerbread looks moister than the Gourmet gingerbread. Did you add something to the recipe?

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

Book boor, No, I didn't alter the recipe at all. Guess I got lucky! It was very moist. - mary the food librarian

How To Eat A Cupcake said... [Reply to comment]

I love gingerbread!

Diane said... [Reply to comment]

Steve and I were in Santa Barbara last weekend for his UCSB graduation, we both commented on how gloomy it was and then were reminded about June Gloom, I had completely forgotten about June Gloom - guess I have been away too long!

Kathy Walker said... [Reply to comment]

I absolutely love gingerbread! I must give this a try. Thank you for sharing!

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