Ginger "Slice"

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Posted on 02/12/2013 by leslie_levine
ginger slice

This is a British-Australian treat, where crumbly, buttery, shortbread gets a thin spicy glaze that has the kick of ginger. The comfort of the shortbread makes it taste really familiar, but the ginger gives it a really unexpected, almost transient quality to it. I found it addicting, and so did the rest of my family--the day the last slice was gone, my Dad asked me in a wanna-be-nonchalent-way if "I was planning on making it again soon, perhaps sometime again this week?" :)

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Ginger Slice
Adapted from David Lebovitz
Makes 1 9-inch pan
I made mine in a 9-inch cake pan, though next time I would use my 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. As I write below, if using a regular cake pan, it’s handy to line it with aluminum foil first to make a sort of “sling” you can pull the shortbread out with when done. David uses a rectangular tart pan, which I would use if I had one. Feel free to use one if you have one, though
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground dried ginger
9 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 tablepoons finely chopped candied ginger, crystallized or not
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom (or, like me, fit aluminum foil into a regular 9-inch cake pan and then coat that with butter). Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of ginger in a medium bowl.
In a bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the mixture, and continue to mix until well-combined, about 1 minute.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough so that it comes together and is relatively smooth. It will be naturally crumbly; don’t worry about that. Press the dough evenly down into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
About 5 minutes before the dough is done, make the icing. Heat the 5 tablespoons butter and honey together in a medium bowl in the microwave until melted, about 15 seconds or so. Add in the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon ginger, stirring until the mixture is smooth and no lumps remain.
As soon as the shortbread comes out of the oven, pour the warm icing over it. Let sit to set up for about 15 minutes or so, then sprinkle the chopped candied ginger (somewhat) evenly over the icing. Place in the fridge to set up, about 20 minutes. To serve, remove from pan (using the removeable bottom or aluminum sling) and cut into slices. I liked it both cold and at room temperature.

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el_hombre 13th-Feb-2013 04:09 am (UTC)
That's a common NZ slice as well, though I must admit seeing it baked in a round dish is entirely new to me and I've been baking the ol' gingercrunch for years.
I use golden syrup in my icing instead of honey as well which works pretty nicely with the ginger.
Especially if you go for a ginger burn like I do-_-
weeping_daphne 13th-Feb-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
Don't forget New Zealand! :p

We love that stuff, really nice to see the recipe here.
leslie_levine 13th-Feb-2013 07:40 am (UTC)
Didn't meant to leave out New Zealand, sorry guys! :) And @el_hombre, yes the original recipe calls for golden syrup but that's pretty hard to find here in the States so I just substituted honey.
firehorse 13th-Feb-2013 12:18 pm (UTC)
I don't know where you are, but if you've got a Farm Fresh near you, they've got Lyle's Golden Syrup. If you can find it anywhere, the Lyle's makes killer salted caramel, too.

This looks like something my sewing group would like. I'll have to give it a try!
caitlen 13th-Feb-2013 08:09 am (UTC)
Huh, I've never seen this before!! Maybe I should ask my Scottish partner if he has.... Nope! Looks delish however :D
mummy_owl 13th-Feb-2013 02:15 pm (UTC)
I'm scottish but live in France and I love making shortbread for french friends. I'll definitely try this topping :-)

Can't get golden syrup in France but I get friends to bring it over when they visit. ;-)
lady_quark 13th-Feb-2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
Have you tried the Carrefour "produits de monde" section or Intermarché? It's expensive as hell, but usually you can find one to three bottles of maple syrop there? (I have to admit though that I don't know the difference between golden syrop and maple syrop, so if there's a significant one, please do ignore this not-helpful comment...)
mummy_owl 13th-Feb-2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
Our local Carrefour doesn't have any British produce - it's not a very big one :-( I CAN get maple syrup easily but it has a definite flavour whereas golden syrup is pure cane sugar and has no taste except sugar.

Getting syrup brought over from the UK isn't a problem as we have LOADS of visitors :-)
sakkebomb 13th-Feb-2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
this looks so yummy!!! Every time I scroll through my friend's list, I drool when I come across this picture!
storywriter84 14th-Feb-2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
Saving the recipe for later. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing.
smittenlilly 15th-Feb-2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
Tried shortbread (with browned butter omg) for the very first time last Christmas and I loved it!
Might have to give your recipe a go as well, looks delicious :)
ortolansings 16th-Feb-2013 03:40 am (UTC)
I like the inclusion of the kitty ginger.
love_spent 27th-Feb-2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
i just want to gobble that all up
xalle 5th-Mar-2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Lovely recipe. Not British though.

I'll definitely be trying them however! lol
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