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Gingerbread Recipe Delights: History and Recipes

16th November 2023For AutumnFor WinterHistory Of Flavour SeriesRecipes

The Flavourful Allure of Gingerbread Syrup

Indulge in the captivating flavours of gingerbread syrup, where the decadent blend of gingerbread spices leaves an unmistakable imprint on your palate. With a legacy spanning over a century, this timeless flavour delights taste buds in countless forms. Its warm, inviting embrace has woven itself into the fabric of our Christmas traditions while establishing a permanent place in our hearts as a swift, year-round indulgence.

In the realm of Gingerbread Syrup, each drop captures the very essence of the cherished gingerbread recipe. Powerful and sweet in both aroma and taste, it beckons you into a world where gingerbread comes alive. Whether in the form of tempting gingerbread shots, comforting gingerbread tea, aromatic gingerbread coffee, a soothing cup of gingerbread hot chocolate or even a festive gingerbread cocktail, this syrup transforms every sip into a moment of pure gingerbread mix bliss.

This blog post features two recipes, transforming your morning ritual into a flavourful delight with gingerbread syrup for coffee, and hot chocolate. Experience the wonder of relishing a gingerbread coffee or hot chocolate complemented by the sweet touch of gingerbread biscuits, creating a perfect morning indulgence.

The History of Gingerbread Spice

A long lineage of gingerbread can be dated through the centuries, back to ancient civilisations such as Greece and Egypt. At the time, ginger root was used for ceremonial purposes in these parts of the world, while in other areas, such as ancient China, the root was cultivated for medicinal purposes. As trade began to open up along the Silk Road, ginger root eventually reached Europe. Once it was brought over, ginger root started to be used as an ingredient for the affluent to experiment with, rather than a means of medication and/or ceremonial offering.

The power of its flavour, alongside its benefits, is one of the main reasons why it became so favoured. Throughout the Middle Ages, it was seen as a means of disguising the noticeable taste of preserved meat. Even to this day, ginger root, and in turn gingerbread, is beloved for its intensity of flavour. It’s a hint of spice that dances on the tongue.

Eventually ginger as a culinary ingredient spread to the masses, and gingerbread recipes started to emerge. One of the earliest recipes for gingerbread consisted of a basic mix of ginger, crushed almonds, rosewater, sugar, and (stale) bread. This mixture was then pressed into wooden moulds, to be later decorated after baking. It wasn’t until the 16th century that breadcrumbs were removed and replaced in favour of flour, with sweeteners and eggs also added to create a sweeter taste.

However, the iconic gingerbread man shape, inseparable from the recipe, made its debut when Queen Elizabeth I astounded dignitaries by presenting gingerbread creations crafted to mimic their individual likenesses.

Winter Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

While it’s the perfect drink on Christmas morning, this rich and elegantly spiced gingerbread hot chocolate can be enjoyed whenever you need a hug in a mug. Indulge in the decadent balance of gingerbread chocolate, a sweet blend that transforms every sip into a rich and festive delight. If you need another selling point, the hot chocolate is topped with a decadent caramel whipped cream and dusting of nutmeg.

Feel free to substitute the ingredients with healthier options for a more guilt-free beverage. You can choose sugar free gingerbread syrup & sugar free caramel syrup from our selection of sugar free syrups.

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • Milk (500ml)
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Vanilla pod
  • Plain chocolate (100g)
  • Gingerbread Syrup (100ml)
  • Fresh cream (120ml)
  • Caramel Syrup (30ml)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Method:

  1. In a saucepan, place the milk, cinnamon stick and vanilla pod. The vanilla pod should be split and have the seeds scraped out.
  2. Put the pan on a medium heat and leave until the milk is boiling.
  3. Remove from the heat, add the Gingerbread Syrup and plain chocolate, continually stirring until the chocolate is fully melted.
  4. Now vigorously whisk up the hot chocolate until it becomes frothy on top.
  5. Grab a whipped cream dispenser and pour in both the fresh cream and Caramel Syrup. Attach a cream charger and then give the dispenser an energetic shake, doing so for a few seconds to guarantee a fluffy whipped cream.
  6. Pour the hot chocolate into two suitable mugs. Top with a hearty amount of the caramel whipped cream and finish with a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.

Winter Gingerbread Coffee Recipe

Take yourself on a journey through the winter wonderland of taste with our exclusive winter gingerbread coffee recipe, expertly crafted with gingerbread coffee syrup to elevate your coffee experience. Immerse yourself in the warmth and richness of this seasonal creation that perfectly balances the robust essence of coffee with the sweet and spicy allure of gingerbread spices.

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • Freshly brewed strong coffee (250ml)
  • Gingerbread Syrup (30ml)
  • Vanilla Syrup (15ml)
  • Steamed milk (150ml)
  • Fresh cream (120ml)
  • Ground cinnamon for garnish

Method:

  1. Begin by brewing a strong cup of your favourite coffee, ensuring a robust base for the gingerbread infusion.
  2. Pour the freshly brewed coffee into your mug of choice. Add the Monin Gingerbread Flavouring Syrup, letting its sweet and spicy notes weave through the coffee.
  3. Enhance the flavour profile with a touch of Monin Vanilla Flavouring Syrup, bringing a subtle sweetness that complements the gingerbread infusion.
  4. Steam the milk until it’s luxuriously creamy. Gently pour the steamed milk into the coffee mixture, creating a delightful balance of textures.
  5. Take hold of a whipped cream dispenser, pour in the fresh cream, and attach a cream charger. Proceed to shake the dispenser vigorously for a few seconds, ensuring fluffy whipped cream.
  6. Crown your creation with a generous dollop of whipped cream, adding a decadent layer that melts into the coffee.
  7. Sprinkle a dash of ground cinnamon on top for a final flourish, introducing a hint of winter spice to each sip.
  8. Stir gently and relish in the aromatic symphony as the gingerbread and vanilla dance harmoniously with the rich coffee.

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