|Gingerbread with Poached Pears|
|For the poached pears.|
Simple ingredients....could've used another pear or two.
This was not vegan - there was an egg and yogurt in the gingerbread, but otherwise vegetarian friendly.
I don't drink a lot, so I sometimes buy my wine in these little four-packs. I used two of them for this recipe. First I brought to a boil the wine, sugar, orange zest and a cinnamon stick, and stirred to dissolve the sugar. Then I lowered to a simmer and let that set for five minutes. Then I put in the pears (peeled, halved, and cored) and let them simmer for 20 minutes. After that, I took them off heat and let them steep and cool for a couple of hours while I made the gingerbread.
|These are just in. After a while in the wine, they darkened up.|
Then I got to work on the gingerbread.
|All ingredients present and accounted for...|
except a shy egg which escaped its photo op.
|That's a LOT of ginger!|
Viola! Passed the clean toothpick test!
I've never made gingerbread before. This was good, and the ginger in it was just right - not too heavy as I had anticipated. I guess as it cooks and bakes it mellows a bit? However, this was not as 'rich' a gingerbread as I have ever had - I guess owing to its appearance in a 'healthy' cookbook. I think I will try a richer version next time...
I will DEFINITELY be poaching more pears! Those were delicious!