Open the door to your Mystery Bake

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Remember the magic baking cart that lives in my pantry? It’s a little like the Tardis…

Here’s what I pulled off the cart over the weekend. The end of a bag of graham flour, 1/2 a jar of dark molasses, some autumnal sprinkles and 1/2 a container of lemon peel. I looked up a recipe for hermits, because I have been craving gingerbread recently.

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Here’s the recipe from my favorite TV cook Ina Garten. Cream brown sugar and and butter together.

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Add the molasses and an egg and mix thoroughly. Then add the dry ingredients of flour, salt, raisins, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger and because I love lemon and ginger, I added a good handful of lemon peel. The mix will just hold together and be very shaggy.

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Turn it out onto a floured board and form into a disk and refrigerate for half and hour or so.

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Cut the disk in half and form into 2 long logs that are about 12″ x 3″. You can use your hands or a rolling pin with different results. I used my rolling pin to make them more even. Follow the baking instructions, about 20/25 minutes in a medium oven. Let them cool.

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While baking and cooling you can make a glaze of confectioner sugar and lemon juice and a little lemon zest.

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Once cool, the logs should be fairly soft. Drizzle with the glaze and add sugar topping or sprinkles if you would like. I cut the ends off to make slicing easier and then cut the logs into fingers by slicing in half, then each half in half, and again. Perfect with tea!


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