After 3 weeks of holidays in the old world a.k.a. Germany, I am slowly getting back into my kitchen, writing blog posts and taking pictures. I still have to sort through a bunch of pictures from Germany, put them into their folders and such things, post them too, make CDs fro friends, send some to my grandparents etc. There was a long weekend but alas, we watched TV shows instead (catching up with those ones). Anyway, back to my kitchen, back to baking. Christmas is around the corner…
I find that German Christmas baking is somewhat different than what is available here in Canada. Both have their specialty factor but you all know that cookies from home for Christmas is the best. Although, I am planning on trying some different recipes this year too.
One of my recipes requires Ginger syrup and since I had none at hand and was pretty sure I couldn’t buy it (correct me if I am wrong) I googled it. It’s really simple and the result is oha, if I may say so. This recipe comes originally from bushcook at Chefkoch, a German recipe page.
– 150g ginger
– 250g sugar
– 2 lemons
– 350ml water
Peal and grate the ginger, then grate the lemon afterwards. Juice the lemon and keep the juice for later. Now combine ginger, lemon zest, sugar and water and bring it to a boil. Let it boil for about 5 min before adding the lemon and then pour it through a sieve. Make sure you squeeze the ginger well.
Tip: I used lemon juice because I had no lemons at hand. It works fine as well.
At this point the originally recipes is done. I was not happy with the result because what I got was more a juice than a syrup. So, I poured the liquid back into the sauce pan and let that cook, and I mean cook, for a good 15 min I believe. Basically, put your stove on high and make sure you stir. The water will evaporate and leave you with a syrup. The thickness depends on how you want it, the longer it cooks the thicker it gets.
Even though you use a good amount of sugar, ginger is one of those spices that has a very strong taste. So that syrup will be equally strong in taste. I recommend to be careful when using.