Hot, spicy and refreshing all at once, fresh ginger is an Asian kitchen essential. It stars in savoury dishes and helps make delectable desserts, too.
Melted butter, to grease
150g unsalted butter, at room temperature
155g (3/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
1 tbs finely grated fresh ginger
1 tbs golden syrup
150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
80ml (1/3 cup) milk
Double cream, to serve
100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
125ml (1/2 cup) thickened cream
25g unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush four 250ml (1-cup) capacity muffin pans with melted butter to lightly grease.
Use an electric beater to beat the butter, sugar and ginger in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the egg and golden syrup. Beat until combined. Fold in the flour and milk, in batches, until combined. Divide among the prepared pans.
Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until a metal skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Set aside in the pans for 5 minutes to cool before turning onto serving plates.
Meanwhile, to make the butterscotch sauce, combine the sugar, cream and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and bring to the boil. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
Pour the sauce over the puddings. Serve with double cream.
How to store: Wrap ginger in foil and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Ginger know-how: Wrap grated fresh ginger in muslin and squeeze out the juice. Use to tenderise meat. Fresh ginger has been proven to reduce nausea. Team fresh ginger with fish, beef, chicken, mushrooms, onions and green beans.
Good Taste - April 2009
Recipe by Alison Adams