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{Mama’s Kitchen Mondays} Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe – Recipes & Review

Welcome to the last week of hardcore baking time before the fat man cometh! Mama’s Kitchen Mondays has a special treat! I have a special guest who wrote this lovely little Novelette, Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe, a sweet and savory contemporary romance. When I saw this I thought how fun to do a review for my recipe feature! After reading the story I knew exactly what recipe I was going to do! Heck they even make almost the same one in the story. On Christmas, heck anytime between fall and the new year, I love Gingerbread coffee. My grandmother introduced it to me and this is a holiday season tradition you will find in my fridge!

There are three recipes today, one of mine and two from the author! After you read don’t forget to check out the giveaway! All in all this Monday couldn’t start much better! Happy Holidays!

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But first Let’s talk about the story!

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Review

This is a sweet Christmas romance. Sometimes even a zombie loving gal like me likes a HEA story like this, especially with the characters Ms. Raisin baked up. Our main protagonist, Lil still hanging on to a childhood love who left her, despite all of her friend and co-baker in her shop has been trying to do to get her to move on. Damon is from one of the town’s oldest families and moved back to do his hometown to try to get his life back in order.

What started off as a specialty shop showdown on main street ended up cooking up into what possibly could be the towns latest love. The characters are fun, the town is like one I have lived in and anyone who loves Gingerbread as much as I do is always OK in my book!

Christmas, baking and happily ever-afters! I recommend this for a sweet lunchtime read! Oh and make sure you make a cup of lovely gingerbread coffee!

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5 from 1 reviews
Gingerbread Cafe Coffee
Ingredients
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups hot brewed coffee (Italian or something very dark and rich)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1½ cups sweetened whipped cream (the real kind)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
Instructions
  1. With a small hand whisk, mix together the molasses, brown sugar, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon until well blended.
  2. Place a small plate over the top (do NOT seal it with a Tupperware cover or plastic wrap, don't know why but every time I do that it bubbles)
  3. Add about ¼ cup coffee to each of the 6 cups.
  4. Stir about a tablespoon of the spice mixture into each cup until dissolved.
  5. Fill each cup to within an inch of the top with coffee.
  6. Stir in half and half to taste and garnish with whipped cream and ground cloves. (you can also do a less strong sprinkling of ginger, cloves & touch of cocoa)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6

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Thank you for inviting me here today! While writing Christmas at the Gingerbread Café I spent a fair amount of time researching recipes that Lil and CeeCee make at the café. It was mouth-watering work, and usually had me racing to the shops to buy ingredients and attempt some of the delicious recipes I found. Purely for research … maybe!

I made a Pinterest board with some of them which you can find here:
Follow Rebecca Raisin’s board Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe on Pinterest.

This board also contains pictures of the how I imagine the small town of Ashford, and who I envisaged as the characters as I was writing. There’s lots of lovely wintery photos, and beautiful festive pictures to get you in the mood for a white Christmas.

I thought I’d share a couple of gingerbread recipes with you today.

Here is a gorgeous white chocolate gingerbread fudge recipe. I made it with dark chocolate because I love it, but white is very festive! These would be great to make ahead of Christmas day, and would also make a nice gift idea. And who doesn’t like fudge?

Eclectic Recipes » White Chocolate Fudge Gingerbread

  • Ingredients
  • 15 oz or 1/2 a roll of gingerbread cookie dough (from 30oz package)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (12 oz) package white chocolate chips
  • 1 (7 oz) jar Marshmallow cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Instructions
    1. Heat oven to 350°. Press…
    2. Let cookie cool completely….
    3. Then remove mixture from…
  • See full instructions on eclecticrecipes.com

And here and a recipe for ginger macarons with white chocolate and maple ganache. My stomach rumbles just typing that! Recipe can be found here: oh, sweet joy!: gingerbread macarons with white chocolate + maple ganache filling.

photo credit & recipe via on sweet joy.

These are truly magnificent! And not as hard as it might first seem. One of my twin boys has a major addiction to macarons, so I gave them a try about a year ago, and was surprised how easy they were in the scheme of things. You can always simplify the filling, or look for easier alternatives, but these will wow any guest at Christmas.

My mistake the first time making macarons was to try and whisk the egg white by hand because I was so paranoid about over beating them with the electric mixer! Don’t do this! It took me a good forty minutes and resulted in a very sore arm! I kept thinking, surely they’ll stiffen up soon? So since then I find it much quicker to use the electric mixer or blender and just keep an eye on it.

I can share with you today that there will be a follow-up to Christmas at the Gingerbread Café, so now I’m researching more recipes for that novella. It’s a tough life!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

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If you read the book or make any delicious ginger recipes I’d love to hear from you.

 

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  1. OMGEE!!! I’m drooling!!! 🙂

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