By Michelle Plummer of Winners Drink Milk
Ginger has long been used to help soothe tummy upset, helps with digestion and is considered an antioxidant spice. Ginger can be used to make tea, included in spicy food dishes to help balance both flavor and digestion, and is a perfect ending to a hearty Hoosier dinner. Ginger is the spice that comes to mind during autumn.
When I was growing up, my Grandma made perfect little ginger snap cookies. Each one was perfect for dunking and had a bit of chewy ginger bite. They were perfect with a jelly jar glass of milk.
I tried to make them, and they all ran together- not my finest culinary moment!
I moved to gingerbread men, but soon realized- it took too much time to roll out, cut, bake, and decorate to finally enjoy the tasty treats. I am not a patient cook!
Alas, what I have found is the love of cake- two bowls, one beater, easy to make, with the aroma of ginger, clove, cinnamon and molasses perfuming the house while the oven does its magic to transform a pourable batter into a warm and comforting treat.
Powdered sugar is one way to decorate this bronze orb (I bake mine in a Bundt pan), but I like the flavor of lemon with ginger a bit better, so I make a glaze of Greek yogurt, powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest (don't measure, just make the glaze to taste).