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Gingerbread, cooling in the pan after baking.

Sticky Cranberry Gingerbread

I cut back on the amount of sugar in this recipe. The next time I try it I will mix the cranberries with ½ cup of orange juice and not use any sugar for step 2 in this recipe. I would use skim or almond milk and maybe add more milk and cut back on the maple syrup as well. An easy way to grate the ginger is by using a very fine microplane.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Author Melissa Clark


  • 2 cups /8 ounces/266 grams fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup /200 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 stick/4 ounces/113 grams unsalted butter
  • cup /133 grams dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup /120 milliliters whole milk
  • ½ cup /120 milliliters maple syrup
  • ¼ cup /60 milliliters molasses
  • 1-½ cups /185 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon /5 grams ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon /1 gram ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon /3 grams baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon /3 grams kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon /1 gram baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon /14 grams grated fresh ginger from 1-inch piece


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9-inch square or round baking pan with parchment. (Notes from Cooking the Kitchen: It might help to extend the parchment to create wings over the side of the pan, to later help lift the cake out of the pan after it has cooled. Do not attempt to remove the cake from the pan, until it has cooled sufficiently.)
  2. In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir together cranberries, granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon water. Stir the cranberries over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and cranberries form a sauce that is syrup and bubbling thickly, about 10 minutes. Aim to have about half the cranberries broken down, with the remainder more or less whole.
  3. In a separate saucepan, stir together the butter, brown sugar, milk, maple syrup and molasses over medium heat. Bring it to just barely a simmer and then remove it from the heat. Do not let it come to a boil, or the mixture may curdle.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, baking soda and black pepper. Beat in the butter-maple syrup mixture and then beat in the eggs. Stir in the ginger.
  5. Scrape the batter into the pan. Drop fat dollops of cranberry sauce onto the surface of the cake batter. Drag a long, slender knife through the batter in a swirly design, as if you are marbling a cake. Transfer the cake to the oven and bake it until the top is firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire baking rack and let the cake cool completely before eating it. Time for making this recipe is 1-½ hours plus cooling.