Jamie Oliver’s Ultimate Gingerbread

Jamie Oliver Ultimate Gingerbread_A Little Yumminess

Here’s a zingy, zesty, candy-like, and totally unique gingerbread with an interesting history. It dates back to the mid 1800’s and a country baker named Sarah Nelson who sold her famous gingerbread out of a quaint stone cottage to Victorian tourists visiting England’s Lake District . If you’re lucky enough to be roaming the English countryside in those parts, you’ll find the Grasmere  Gingerbread Shop still going strong after more than 150 years and offering up freshly made confections made from Sarah’s original recipes.

One of my faves, Jamie Oliver, loves Grasmere gingerbread and since he was not able to get ahold of the top secret recipe (it’s locked in the National Westminster Bank in Ambleside), he created his own version which he says is almost as good and “some of the best gingerbread you’ll ever eat”…. if that’s not enough of a recommendation to try this recipe yourself, I don’t know what is! Continue reading

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Deep, Dark and Delicious: Lotta’s Bakery Gingerbread

A random detour down Polk Street, a serendipitous parking space right in front – it’s like destiny was telling us that it was finally time to try the gingerbread at Lotta’s Bakery. The bambino and I hastily parked, scooted in, and managed to conjure up just enough will power to hold off devouring that deep, dark gingerbread until after lunch.

This is no dainty spice cake. Inky and dense, you can almost taste the sulfur in the blackstrap molasses and I mean that in the best possible way. Truly divine with a bowl of cool applesauce.

Lotta’s Bakery – 1720 Polk Street (between Clay and Washington streets), San Francisco