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Guinness Stout ginger cake

Time Active work time: 30 minutes Total preparation time: 1 1/2 hours
Yields Serves 8
Guinness Stout ginger cake
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan, line the bottom and sides with parchment and grease the parchment. (Alternatively, butter and flour a 6-cup bundt pan.)

2

Combine the stout and molasses in a large saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the baking soda. Allow to sit until the foam dissipates.

3

Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and the granulated and brown sugars in a bowl. Whisk in the oil.

4

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, ground ginger, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom.

5

Combine the stout mixture with the egg mixture, then whisk this liquid into the flour mixture, half at a time. Add the grated ginger and stir to combine.

6

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake until the top springs back when gently pressed, 1 hour. Do not open the oven until the gingerbread is almost done or the center may fall slightly. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

In this recipe, stout is substituted for the water or coffee used in most gingerbread recipes. Stout is a dark brown beer that is heavier and sweeter than a porter, another dark beer. I find it adds a lot of richness and underscores the spices. Since it is made with oil, this cake will stay moist for several days. Dress it up or simply enjoy it on its own, with coffee, tea or a beer!.

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