Why I was experimenting with my recipes just a few hours before I was to present a dessert type dish to a bunch of unknown (and known) people, I’m really not sure.
Why not stick with a well worn recipe that I knew inside and out? (Well where’s the fun in that I say?)
This recipe came out of the title really. I’d already named it before I had even made it. I knew I had pears to be used. I knew ginger is a winner with it, as I regularly make something similar. But sticky. I wanted it sticky. A little more flavoursome, and maybe just a little ninja-esque. (Well ninja rhyming with ginger, seemed close enough.)
I did also have lofty ideas of making a ninja’s face out of dusted icing sugar on each tiny square of cake, but sometimes even I have limits in complicating things just before we are due to go out.
Sticky Ginger Ninja Cake
150g sourdough starter
150g softened butter
150g brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp powdered ginger
2 beaten eggs
3 tbls molasses
250mls of pureed peeled and cored soft pears
150g self raising flour
75g wholemeal spelt flour
extra brown sugar to sprinkle on top
uncrystallised ginger pieces
Cream butter and sugar together. Then add vanilla, ginger, beaten eggs and molasses. Fold through pear puree, sourdough starter, wholemeal spelt and finally the self raising flour. Sprinkle the cake with extra brown sugar and press uncrystallised ginger pieces within the uncooked batter. Bake at 180C until golden and smells like a sticky ginger ninja kitchen.