The Rockstar of the Baker's Pantry: Crystallized Ginger

Ingredient Spotlight

Crystallized ginger can be the rockstar of any baker's pantry because it's available all year, works in sweet and savory recipes, and is relatively simple to prepare at home. So how best to use it?First thing's first: crystallized ginger (or candied ginger) is essentially fresh ginger that's been slowly cooked in a sugar solution and rolled in coarse sugar to preserve it. It is wonderful chopped very fine and mixed into cake, cookie, and muffin batters but also adds a nice, crisp layer sprinkled on top of morning pastries and afternoon sweets. I also love adding it to some sauces and salad dressings because it adds a simultaneous kick of sweet and spicy — an instant way to perk up tired greens or ho-hum noodles.
Make Candied Ginger at Home: David Lebovitz Recipe

Recipe Inspiration:
Power Waffles - 101 Cookbooks
Chocolate Chip Ginger Muffins - Baking Bites
Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies - Aida Mollenkamp
Ginger Cake with Crystallized Ginger Frosting - Epicurious
Lemon Ginger Bundt Cake - Martha Stewart
Orange Ginger Chicken Salad - MJ's Kitchen

Related: D.I.Y. Recipe: Crystallized Ginger

(Image: Megan Gordon)

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