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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

This sticky toffee gingerbread is a dream: fragrant, rich and extra-moist

Noelle Carter



JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) This rich, dark gingerbread is fragrantly spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and fresh ginger, and doused with homemade toffee sauce fresh out of the oven, making for an extra-moist cake.

IMPERIAL'S STICKY TOFFEE GINGERBREAD

SERVINGS: 12

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour, 20 minutes, plus cooling time for the cake

NOTE: Adapted from a recipe by pastry chef Michelle Vernier at Imperial in Portland, Ore.

Toffee sauce:


  • 5 ounces (1 1/4 sticks) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook the butter, sugar and honey to a deep, dark caramel color over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Meanwhile, bring the cream, salt and vanilla to a gentle simmer in a separate saucepan. When the sugar mixture is ready, carefully and slowly whisk in the hot cream (it will bubble, and it could spill over the pan if poured too quickly). Remove from heat and set aside. This makes about 3 cups toffee sauce.



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Ginger cake:



  • 1 cup porter beer
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cups (9.5 ounces) flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup prepared toffee sauce, plus more for serving
  • Freshly whipped cream, for serving


1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch-square baking pan.

2. In a small, deep, heavy stockpot, bring the porter and molasses to a boil over high heat. Carefully whisk in the baking soda (the mixture will bubble up and could easily bubble over the pan if it is not big enough). Remove from heat and set aside until the mixture settles.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, apple butter, melted butter and grated ginger. Sift in the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, then slowly whisk in the beer/molasses mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

4. Bake until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Remove the cake and drizzle over two-thirds cup toffee sauce, then return the cake to the oven and bake for an additional 2 minutes. Remove the cake and cool, still in the pan, on a rack for 30 minutes before serving.

5. Serve the warm cake with additional toffee sauce and softly whipped cream.

Each serving (served with a scant 2 tablespoons sauce and without whipped cream): 576 calories; 5 grams protein; 80 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 27 grams fat; 16 grams saturated fat; 121 mg cholesterol; 55 grams sugar; 392 mg sodium.

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