RECIPE: A Different Virgin Island Cookie

ginger_st_thomasAugust 18, 2003

Another from my friend, Angela.

LIME RUM GINGERSNAP COOKIES

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 egg

1 TBL rum, light or dark

2 TBL Rose's Lime juice

1 tsp grated lime zest

1 1/2 TBL freshly grated ginger

3 1/4 cups + 2 TBL flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

In a large bowl beat the butter with the sugar, adding the egg, beat until fluffy. Stir in rum, lime juice, zest & ginger. Sift together dry ingredients & add to bowl until well combined.

Cut dough in 1/2 & form into a roll. Wrap with wax paper & chill overnight until firm.

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease baking sheets or use non-stick ones.

Slice rolls thinly, slightly less than 1/4". Place on cookie shets leaving at least 1 1/2" space between the cookies. Sprinkle sugar over the tops of the cookies & bake until golden, about 12-15 minutes. Remove cookies from oven & allow to cool on sheet for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will have hardened slightly & be easier to remove with a metal spatula. Cool completely on a wire rack.~~

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roselin32

Now this sounds interesting-can you distinguish the lime juice? I love spice cookies.
RL`

    Bookmark   August 18, 2003 at 8:42PM
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Marlen

Wow! I love it!
Thanks for posting some of the islands' recipes. I don't have many of those and they all sound great. Can't wait to try this one.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2003 at 4:35AM
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ginger_st_thomas

It's just an unusual taste. It makes crunchy cookies so if you like soft ones, this isn't it.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2003 at 5:29AM
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dances_in_garden

Thanks Ginger! I am always looking for new twists on favourites for our Christmas baking. Cutting and pasting to try later!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2003 at 9:29AM
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ginger_st_thomas

It's good with tea. Don't know if kids would like them.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2003 at 6:23PM
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Bethintokyo

Is your friend Angela Spenceley (something like that, I think), who wrote a book on Virgin Isles cooking and also one about cooking with rum, Ginger?

Beth

    Bookmark   August 28, 2003 at 12:17AM
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ginger_st_thomas

Yes it is, Beth. I've known her for years & we sell a ton of her books.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2003 at 5:47AM
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Bethintokyo

Wow! I've got the rum book!
Do you run a book shop, Ginger? Which Virgin Isles are you in? Are you making a black cake? I'm about to start chopping! This year's rum is Appleton Estate!

Beth

    Bookmark   August 29, 2003 at 12:47AM
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ginger_st_thomas

I'm in St. Thomas. That's one of her earlier books. She has more out now. I've never made a black cake myself but I've tasted them & they're very good & very expensive to make. Here they're usually made for Christmas, weddings, etc.
I don't have a book store but manage 4 stores, one of which was mostly spices & hot sauces. The rest are also geared for tourists & the books are very popular.
Angela also has a postcard, souvenir wholesale business here as well as the books she writes.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2003 at 6:05AM
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Bethintokyo

Yes, I'm making my black cake for Christmas, too, but you have to start early!

Beth

    Bookmark   August 29, 2003 at 9:43AM
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ginger_st_thomas

That's true. Can you get all the ingredients there?

    Bookmark   August 29, 2003 at 6:40PM
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roselin32

Okay, what's a "black cake"??
RL`

    Bookmark   August 29, 2003 at 8:57PM
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ginger_st_thomas

It's like a very dark VERY rich fruitcake. I don't have a recipe. Every family's seems to be different. The one I tasted didn't have big chunks of fruit in it. They're sometimes used for wedding cakes here, too. I ran a fundraiser at an historic house here to benefit the Humane Society & had all old-time local foods & a scratch band. A bakery made up a black cake for me. Was it ever expensive! But it was good. And I don't normally like any kind of fruitcake.

Here's one version. I don't know how similar they are to the British black cakes which probably are where our versions originated.

Here is a link that might be useful: Black Cake

    Bookmark   August 30, 2003 at 6:08AM
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Lisa_in_Germany

What is the browning sauce mentioned there? Kitchen Bouquet????? maybe?
Lisa

    Bookmark   September 25, 2003 at 5:21PM
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ginger_st_thomas

I don't know for sure, Lisa but that's a very small amount so it could be omitted easily probably. I assume it's just in there to make the cake darker. Want me to sing the traditional Christmas carol here? "Good Mahnin', Good Mahnin'! I've come for my Guavaberry." LOL

Guavaberry liqueur is made by lots of people from guavaberries. Very traditional at Christmas. Smells pretty bad but very popular.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2003 at 5:38PM
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