Sofra's Gingerbread and a Holiday Baking Round-up

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Hi dudes, I'm just popping in with a quick hello because I have a lot of holiday elfing left to do before this weekend, so - Hello! and here are some seriously fun and delicious links to peruse. 

December is such a fun month to bake, and people are seriously BRINGING IT this year with their holiday posts!  Scroll down to the bottom for Sofra's Gingerbread from the new book Soframiz too, which is killer. Happy Holidays, All!

There are still a few spots for the Paris! Food and Photography Retreat I am co-hosting with Olaiya Land.

Shab E Yalda to my Iranian friends!

Sofra's Gingerbread

adapted from Soframiz

makes one 9x13-inch cake, about 24 servings

Sofra's book is full of middle eastern sweet and savory treats, but since it's the holidays and all, I made the gorgeous deep-dark gingerbread first that uses a full (bold!) 1/4 cup of ground ginger, hello spice!


1 cup stout

1 1/2 cups molasses

1/4 cup plus one tablespoon brewed coffee

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup raw sugar

1 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup canola oil


1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup brewed coffee

In a large saucepan, combine the stout, molasses, and coffee. Bring to a boil, whisking to combine. Take the pan off of the heat and quickly whisk in the baking soda. The mixture will rise rapidly in the pot. Set aside until cooled and bubbles have subsided.

Preheat the oven to 350ªF. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Combine the sugars in a separate bowl.

Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whisk the eggs on medium, slowly adding the sugars. Increase to high and whisk until pale and tripled in volume, about 7 minutes. Lower the speed and slowly pour in the canola oil and whisk another minute. Add the cooled stout mixture and whip until fully combined. Add the flour, increase the speed to medium, and beat until smooth, about 1 minute.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes.

To make the glaze, combine the confectioner's sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl. Whisk the coffee until smooth.

Once the cake is cooled, spread an even layer of the glaze over the top of the cake. Cut into 2-inch pieces. The cake will keep at room temperature for 4 days.

A Sweet Feast: Paris Food & Photography Workshop With Olaiya Land

 photo by Olaiya Land

photo by Olaiya Land

a sweet feast: paris food and photography workshop with olaiya land
a sweet feast: paris food & photography workshop
 photo by Olaiya Land

photo by Olaiya Land

I am so thrilled to announce that I am teaming up with the illustrious Olaiya Land for a photography and styling workshop in PARIS this Spring! If you don't already know her, Olaiya is a Seattle-based cook and photographer. She draws on her experience cooking in professional kitchens and years spent living abroad to create visual stories for her food and travel blog, Milly’s Kitchen. She also teaches cooking classes, hosts a series of pop-up dinners and leads food and photography retreats designed to help people bring more creativity and inspiration into their lives. Her Paris workshops and pop-up dinners  always sell out quickly, and I am so excited to visit Paris under her expert guidance!

We’ve planned four glorious days of cooking, shooting, and styling in our light-filled Apartments Actually flat. We’ll visit local markets, boulangeries and cafes as we stroll the streets capturing the light Paris is famous for and tasting the city's best chocolate, coffee, pastries, cheeses and natural wines. And of course we'll gather around the table to share meals both in our beautiful workshop apartment and out and about in Paris. 

The workshop is open to food and photography lovers of all abilities, and we will provide tons of hands-on learning experiences as well as opportunities to explore and relax. We have taken care of all of the arrangements for you so you can focus on learning and absorbing all Paris has to offer. All you need to do is show up with your camera and comfy shoes, ready to learn and be inspired. This workshop is limited to 8 participants,

Registration opens at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST today. Click through this link to learn all of the deets and sign up! See you in Paris! 

a sweet feast: paris food & photography workshop
 photo by olaiya land

photo by olaiya land