Brown-Butter Gingerbread

Brown-Butter Gingerbread
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Ginger, cinnamon, cloves (or pepper) and molasses flavor this classic gingerbread perfect for your holiday dessert table. This recipe by Leah Eskin was originally published in the Chicago Tribune.
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Total time: 1.15 hours
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter, for greasing pan
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 5 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut up
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • whipped cream, optional
  • pinch of ground cloves or black pepper
  1. Prep: Generously butter a 9-by-9-by-2 (or 3) inch square baking pan. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda and optional cloves and/or pepper.
  3. Brown: Measure molasses into a quart-sized heatproof measuring cup. Heat butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Let sputter until nut-scented and the bottom of the pan is flecked with brown bits. Start checking at 5 minutes, but it may take as long as 14 minutes to brown. Whisk brown butter (and all those nice brown bits) into molasses. Whisk in milk.
  4. Whip: Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip eggs until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Still whipping, cascade in sugar. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Whipping on medium speed, drizzle in brown butter mixture. Scatter on flour mixture. Mix just until combined. Scrapes sides and bottom again and mix in any recalcitrant streaks.
  5. Bake: Pour into prepared pan. Bake until springay in the center and cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, 50-52 minutes.
  6. Serve: Nice warm, with whipped cream.