Christmas Crescendo...

And you thought it was all over...

But seriously, what I am sharing this time will be considered, in my family - the Christmas Crescendo! My children love Ginger Biscuits (especially when I take the time to make them into Gingerbread Men of course), it is their favourite and what they ask for if given the choice! I made a batch last week, for this recipe a batch consists of about 35-40 biscuits, depending on the size I roll them out. I was expecting them to last the week, I made them Sunday and they were finished by Thursday - I am not exaggerating! I have had two out of three sister-in-laws ask for the recipe, as their children (and they themselves) also love my ginger biscuits; and I have had no end of compliments when taking them out. I would blow my own whistle, but I don't have too - they're that good!!!!!

I am not here to discuss my ginger biscuits however, but I just wanted to explain why the recipe below would be considered the Christmas Crescendo in my house...

Imagine the kids faces when they bite into Ginger Muffins with Gingerbread Cream; the delight would be exuding out of them as they demolish these little morsels of delight. Again, I think this one will be saved for a special occasion at home - I sadly lack the time to put together this for Christmas Day, but I am salivating at the thought of them; and will be trying these out for sure!


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So without further ado, here is the recipe:

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Description:
Nothing says Christmas like Gingerbread, and what better way to eat your share than as a cupcake!

Serves: 8-10 Cupcakes Preparation Time: 10 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
4 Eggs, separated 
1/4 Cup. Maple Syrup
1/4 Cup Golden Syrup (or Molasses)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1/2 Tablespoon Cocoa
2 1/4 teaspoons ground Ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon All Spice
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
Dash Salt
3 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Cup Milk (of choice)
1 teaspoon Bicarb Soda

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 175C/350F.
Line a cupcake/muffin tray with 8-10 festive liners and lightly spray.
Place the egg whites in the clean bowl of a kitchen stand mixer and whisk on medium/high until soft peaks form.
Add the maple syrup and then golden syrup, 1 tablespoon at a time, until all incorporated and the egg white has increased in volume.
Whilst still whisking on med/high add the vanilla extract and egg yolks.
In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients (excluding the bicarb soda) together.
With the whisk on low add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk only until combined.
In a small saucepan, warm the milk until almost boiling. Immediately add the bicarb soda. Stir.
Pour the hot milk into the mixing bowl (the whisk should be on low to prevent hot milk from splashing over you).
Evenly pour the mixture amongst the cupcake liners.
Bake for 17-20 minutes or until cooked through (17 for minis, up to 20 for regular)
Leave it cool in the tray for 15 minutes before removing.

Top with Gingerbread Whipped Cream.



Gingerbread Cream

Serves: Makes 1 1/2 cups Preparation Time: 24 hours Cooking Time: 5-10 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1 can Coconut Cream/Milk (400ml), can opened and left in the fridge overnight
1 teaspoon Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Golden Syrup
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon ground Ginger
Dash Cloves
Dash Cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS
Spoon the thickened cream out of the can, discarding the watery remains. 
Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a kitchen stand mixer with a whisk attachment fitted.
Whisk until the cream thickens (about 5 minutes).
Place the cream in the fridge to thicken before piping onto the cupcakes.


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