Tuesdays with Dorie: Ginger Crumb Cake

Tuesday, December 21


This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was chosen by Jill, of Jill's blog. Thank you Jill, for choosing something which I may not have wanted to try myself, but which proved to be a nice surprise. The original recipe is actually called Cardamom crumb cake, but the only cardamom I had was old...very old. I realized this as I tried to break the primordial force that was sealing the jar shut. Never one to back down from a challenge, I finally removed the lid only to discover clumps of pasty powder.
So I used ginger instead. I also replaced the orange zest with clementine and subbed orange juice for coffee. The result was a moist, tight-crumb cake with a hint of spice and soft citrus undertones. This makes the perfect little late night snack or mid-morning treat (right after a run in 30F, windy conditions.) You can find the recipe by visiting Jill's blog.

7 comments:

  1. This looks like a lovely cake, and the ginger is actually more tempting than the cardamom.
    You'd be a better Bering Sea cook than me. I used to be able to open any jar, but I seem to have lost my strength somewhere along the way!

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  2. Hey Valerie! I love cakes like this-they are always better than one expects. Plus, everyone is usually so happy when a fragrant spice cake is pulled out of the oven. It's a tea time thing;-)
    Hope my favorite sea witch is doing okay today. Oh, and I meant to tell you that your new header is really nice. I kind of feel like I told you that already but kind of like I dreamed telling you that (smile)...hmm...

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  3. That looks fabulous! I love ginger, and with orange is a great combination. Did you use fresh or dried? No matter, I would run for this! I spent the morning shoveling and sliding with a 2.5 year old--fun.
    :)

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  4. Your ginger version sounds wonderful! Thank you for baking with me this week!

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  5. The photo and title says it all. You have a wonderful talent of being able to simplify with one photo... yet the result is a complex taste memory that is now compelled to buy this book!
    :)
    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you!!!
    And may your holiday be filled with warmth and love and happiness.
    BIG HUGS!
    :)
    Valerie

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  6. This cake looks fantastic! I love the substitutions you made, and I can't help thinking how cute a cake with clementines is! Beautiful!

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  7. Cardomom is very abundant here, I could have sent some to you!! The cake sure looks gorgeous though, the new flavors sound wonderful!

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♥ Valerie

 

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