Cranberry gingerbread cake

Ingredients

Syrup and Fruit

1 ½ cup (165 g) fresh or frozen cranberries

⅓ cup (70 g) granulated sugar

¼ cup (60 g) unsalted butter

¼ cup (50 g) packed dark brown sugar

¼ cup (60 mL) maple syrup

Cake

⅓ cup (70 g) unsalted butter

¼ cup (50 g) packed dark brown sugar

¼ cup (60 mL) maple syrup

¼ cup (65 g) fancy molasses

¼ cup (60 mL) cranberry juice or apple juice

1 Tbsp finely grated fresh ginger

2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

1 cup (150 g) all-purpose flour

¾ tsp (3 g) baking soda

¾ tsp (3 g) ground ginger

¼ tsp (1 g) ground clove

⅒ tsp (less than 1 g) ground nutmeg

1 large egg, lightly beaten

Brown Butter Caramel Sauce

½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter

3 Tbsp (45 mL) water

1 cup (225 g) sugar

3 Tbsp (45 mL) white corn syrup

½ cup (125 mL) whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

Recipe

Brown Butter Caramel Sauce

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until the foaming subsides and the butter browns. Pour the butter through a cheesecloth or paper coffee filter and set aside.

2. In a clean pot, bring the water, sugar and corn syrup to a full boil over high heat without stirring. Continue to boil the sugar, uncovered, and brushing the sides of the pot occasionally with water, until an amber colour. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the cream (watch out for the hot steam). Whisk in the brown butter and the vanilla. Cool to room temperature and store chilled.

3. The sauce can be used warm or at room temperature and will keep refrigerated as long as the expiry date on the cream used in it.

4. Makes about 1 ½ cups.

Assembly

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease six 5-ounce ramekins and place them on a baking tray.

2. Pulse the cranberries with the granulated sugar in a food processor until coarsely chopped and set aside. Heat the butter in a saucepot over medium heat until the foaming subsides and it begins to brown. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and stir until bubbling and smooth. Divide this between the ramekins and spoon the chopped cranberries overtop.

3. For the cake, melt the butter in a clean saucepot over medium heat until the foaming subsides and the butter browns. Add the maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses and cranberry or apple juice and bring to a simmer while stirring. Remove from the heat and pour into a bowl. Stir in the grated ginger and lemon zest.

4. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Add this to the warm butter mixture and whisk until smooth. Add the egg and whisk in thoroughly. Pour the batter into the ramekins and bake for about 30 minutes, until a tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a serving plate.

5. To prepare in advance, prepare the syrup, fruit and batter and chill until ready to bake and serve.

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