Chef’s Corner: Applesauce Gingerbread Cake (and more)

applesaucePerfect for cold weather, a warm fire, and a cozy evening. You can make the full dessert, or just enjoy the cake by itself!

Applesauce Gingerbread Cake

Ingredients:

½ C. Sugar

¼ C. Butter

1 Egg

½ C. Applesauce

1 C. Molasses

2 ½ C. All Purpose Flour

1 ½ teaspoons Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Ginger

½ teaspoon Ground Cloves

½ teaspoon Salt

1 C. Warm Milk

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 350*F.

2. Cream together butter and sugar in stand mixer.

3. Beat in eggs, applesauce, and molasses.

4. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Slowly add to wet mixture.

5. Mix in warmed milk.

6. Bake in greased and floured 9×9 pan.

 

Crème Brulee

Ingredients:

1 Quart Heavy Cream

1 T. Vanilla Bean Paste

½ C. Sugar

6 Large Egg Yolks

Procedure:

1. In medium saucepan, heat cream and vanilla to steady boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool, ~15 minutes.

2. In mixing bowl, whisk yolk and sugar until combined and color begins to lighten. Slowly add cream mixture, one ladle at a time, stirring continuously.

3. Portion mixture into ramekins and place in a deep cake pan or roasting pan.

4. Pour hot water into cake pan until liquid reaches halfway up ramekins.

5. Bake at 325* until custard is just set. About 45-50 minutes.

6. Cool at least 2 hours, or overnight.

Spiced Sugar topping (For Crème Crust)

Ingredients:

½ c. Sugar

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

½ teaspoon Nutmeg

¼ teaspoon Allspice

¼ teaspoon Cloves

Procedure:

1. Combine ingredients in small bowl and sprinkle lightly over cooled Crème Brulee.

2. Torch or place under broiler briefly, until just browned.

 

Toffee Sauce

Ingredients:

¾ C. + 1T. Brown Sugar

6 T. Butter

1 T. Molasses

1 T. Corn Syrup

2/3 C. Heavy Cream

Procedure:

1. Combine sugar, butter, molasses, and corn syrup in small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until butter is melted and mixture is bubbly.

2. Meanwhile, heat cream in separate saucepan.

3. Add hot cream slowly to sugar mixture. Whisk continuously.

4. Continue to cook, 3-5 minutes. Cool until slightly thickened. Serve.