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December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to All!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers and your loved ones. 2010 was a sweet year for me and I hope it was a great one for you.


Presents wrapped and under the tree, last minute Christmas cookies baking in the oven (I'm nibbling on some of this leftover Buddha's hand and ginger cake to keep from eating the cookie dough). May your Christmas be merry and bright!


Buddha's Hand Ginger Cake

adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 tablespoon Buddha's hand zest

3 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup heavy cream

7 1/2 tablespoons (3 3/4 oz ) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

2 tablespoons candied/crystallized ginger, cut into small pieces


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter and flour a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 loaf pan.

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl.

Combine sugar and zest in a medium bowl.

Add eggs and whisk to combine.

Add vanilla, lemon juice, and cream, and whisk to combine.

Using a wooden spoon, stir in dry mixture in 3 additions until smooth and combined.

Add melted butter and fold into mixture until combined. Stir in the pieces of candied ginger.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool on wire rack before serving.


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wish u merry christmas

I'm still so intrigued with Buddha's hand. This is such a stunning cake! Merry merry christmas, Anita!

Ooooh, this cake looks really interesting! I have seen Buddha's hand at the grocery, but never known what to do with it. This looks great! Yum. :)

Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year! :)

... and may 2011 be even sweeter! xoDorie

That cake looks so airy and delicious. I have never heard of Buddha's hand..will see if I can find it at the store.

Seasons greetings and best wishes for a happy new year.

Merry Christmas to you too!!

What a delicious looking cake. I'm sure it tastes just as good! Happy Holidays to you!

Love it. Happy new year to you, and a great 2011 to all!

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