Gigi’s Gingerbread with Whipped Cream Recipe
Food Network star Nancy Fuller shares her favorite gingerbread recipe
Hudson Valley resident Nancy Fuller, star of the popular Food Network show Farmhouse Rules, shares a recipe for gingerbread — which she dubs a forgotten favorite — from her new cookbook
Photographs by Jamie Prescott
“When warm, the gingerbread is light and cakey — delicious,” says Food Network star Nancy Fuller. “If you let it cool and cover it for half a day or so, it becomes very moist, and the spicy flavor stands out even more — equally delicious, but a different cake altogether.”
Gigi’s Gingerbread with Whipped Cream
To make the gingerbread
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour (plus more for the baking pan)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- ¼ tsp fine salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened (plus more for the baking pan)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup molasses
- ½ cup boiling water
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour an 8-inch-square baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- Sift flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt onto a piece of parchment paper.
- In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about one minute. Add the egg and beat until combined. Add the molasses and beat until combined.
- Reduce speed to low and pour in the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the boiling water, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix on medium-high for 10 seconds, to smooth out batter. Scrape mixture into the prepared pan.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the gingerbread comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.
- Serve squares of gingerbread with dollops of whipped cream, below.
To make the whipped cream
- ½ cup chilled heavy cream
- 2 Tbs confectioners’ sugar
- Beat the cream in a clean mixer bowl with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed until frothy.
- Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until soft peaks form, about one minute.