Want to add a warm, spicy kick to your Christmas recipes? Maybe you typically use cinnamon or nutmeg, and fancy something a bit different? Or perhaps you've purchased more ginger than you know what to do with. Whatever it is, the ideas below will help you to create the ultimate warming, festive treats.
1. Mulled Wine
There are so many different ways to make mulled wine, but ginger goes well with almost any combination. Simply cut a small piece of root ginger, peel it, and slice it in half. Then add the ginger to a pan of wine or fruit juice, plus any other fruits or spices you fancy.
Here are a few ingredients which taste great alongside ginger:
- Cinnamon sticks
Simmer all the ingredients for at least 20 minutes, then add sugar or honey to sweeten. Your entire house will be infused with a wonderful festive scent. Mmmm.
2. Gingerbread House
Is it really Christmas if you don't at least attempt to build a gingerbread house? Use fresh ginger to bake your own gingerbread, or cheat and go with a kit. Use thick white icing as 'glue' when assembling your house, then decorate with lots of colorful sweets. If you feel like a house is a little beyond your abilities, try one of the following ideas instead:
- Gingerbread snowmen
- Gingerbread tree decorations (make a hole for string)
- Gingerbread mug toppers (cut a slot that fits the side of a mug)
- Traditional crunchy ginger nuts
- Chewy stem ginger biscuits
There are so many ways to bake with ginger that you're sure to find at least one recipe that suits your needs and ability level.
3. Stem Ginger Pudding
Tired of eating the same old Christmas pudding every year? Try baking your own stem ginger pudding instead. The method is similar, but your finished pudding will have much more of a fiery kick. Use a combination of stem ginger and ground ginger for the fullest flavor.
4. Gingerbread Latte
This is the perfect way to fit a little Christmas spirit into each and every day. Purchase a ginger coffee syrup, or simply stir ground ginger into your usual latte. Your coffee will be extra warming, and each sip should bring up happy festive memories.
5. Crystallized Ginger
It's a Christmas classic, and making your own is surprisingly easy. Simply peel, slice and chop ginger, add it to a pan of sugar and boiling water, then simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the ginger using a slotted spoon, leave to cool, then enjoy! This keeps well and makes a great homemade gift.
Looking for ways to use ginger this Christmas? Spice up the festivities using the ideas above.