All things bright and gingerful

Ginger reipes from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandDo a search on the Internet for ginger, and you’ll most likely be taken to information about red-heads.  People with red hair are nicknamed “gingers”, but when it comes to the holidays no matter what color your hair is, ginger is a popular ingredient in some yummy recipes.  Whether it’s served at breakfast or afternoon tea, the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) love to use ginger to warm the soul on a chilly winter day.  Grab your mate and head to the nearest DINE inn for a romantic getaway.  You’ll not only warm your body near the fire, you’ll energize your taste buds with some of these gingery recipes, meant to bring joy over the holiday season.

Ginger Pancakes with Lemon Sauce from Captains House Inn

(serves 8)

Ingredients:

Ginger Pancakes with Lemon Sauce from Captain's House InnFor Pancakes:

3 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Ginger

1 Large Eggs

2 Cups Milk

1/3 Cup Molasses

2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. Corn Oil

 For Sauce:

2/3 Cup Sugar

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Cornstarch

Pinch Nutmeg

2/3 Cup Cold Water

1/3 Cup Butter

1 ½ tsp. Granulated Lemon Rind – Dry

1/3 Cup Lemon Juice

Method:

For Pancakes:

  1. Sift the dry ingredients together and set aside
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and milk, then add the molasses and corn oil. Mix the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients with a fork. Leave to stand at least 30 minutes to thicken.
  3. Drop approximately 1 cup of the mixture onto a hot griddle and turn when bubbles begin to form and steam rises from the

For Sauce:

  1. Mix sugar, nutmeg, and cornstarch in a sauce pan on medium heat and gradually add water. Stir constantly until thick and clear. Add butter, lemon rind and lemon juice. Be patient as the cornstarch takes time to act as a thickening agent.

 

Carmel Ginger Banana Wrap With Espresso Cream from Rabbit Hill Inn

(serves four)

Banana Caramel Wraps from Rabbit Hill InnIngredients:  

¼ cup butter

4 ripe bananas, sliced

1 ½ cups sugar

2 Tblsp minced ginger

2 cups heavy cream

5 egg yolks

2 Tblsp espresso powder

1 tsp cinnamon

4 plain tortillas

4 cups canola oil for frying

1 cup vanilla or cinnamon ice cream (optional)

4 sprigs fresh mint (optional)

12-18 edible flowers (optional)

2 Tblsp powdered sugar

For Wraps:

  • In a hot sauté pan, add ¾ cup sugar and butter and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown.
  • Add bananas and ginger and remove from heat.
  • Stir in ½ cup heavy cream and let rest until cool enough to handle.
  • Spoon banana filling into tortillas and roll as you would a burrito.  Use a toothpick to secure.
  • Fry in canola oil at 330° to 360°F for 1-3 minutes or until golden brown.  Drain well.

For Espresso Cream:

  • Bring 1 ½ cups cream to boil.  Remove from heat and temper in egg yolks.
  • Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and espresso.
  • Allow mixture to marry and infuse for at least 30 minutes
  • Strain and chill.

To Plate:

  • Pool cream in center of plate.
  • Slice wrap in half on a bias and place on cream.
  • Garnish with ice cream, flowers, mint, and powdered sugar.
  • Serve warm.

 After gingery pancakes in the morning and a lovely ginger dessert with bananas, top off your day with a Ginger Martini, the perfect way to celebrate the holidays.

Ginger Martini from Deerfield Inn

ginger martini from Deerfield InnIngredients:

fresh ginger

1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/4 oz. ginger simple syrup

1 oz. ginger infused vodka,

1 1/2 oz. ginger libation

Method:

Muddle together the fresh ginger, fresh lemon juice, ginger simple syrup, and ginger infused vodka.

Add 1 ½ oz. ginger libation

Pour into martini glass that’s garnished with candied ginger.

We love to post recipes on the DINE blog.  To access additional recipes, simply click here or go to DistnctiveInns.com and click on RECIPES.  Learn more about planning your next delicious getaway to the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites.

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

And just to add a little comic relief, here’s our idea for the simplest of how-tos for a fun  to gingerbread house…

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Photo credits: GourmetSleuth.com, allrecipes.com.