Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Gingerbread and Transferware



One of my favorite fall breads is gingerbread. There's just something about ginger, cinnamon, cloves and rich molasses that make it so delicious.


I love to pair fall foods with my brown transferware. I'm certain it makes everything taste better.

I purchased the transferware several years ago when I came across them at Home Goods. I bought twelve bowls, salad plates, and dinner plates as I thought they would make wonderful Thanksgiving dinner ware.


This is what the pattern looks like. I love the birds with the flower adornment.


This is the mark on the back.


This monogrammed 'B' silverplate was my Grandmother's everyday ware, but I keep it tucked away for special occasions. I actually found an entire set of this pattern at a flea market, but without the monogram. I wonder where one would bring silverware these days for monogramming?

Gingerbread Recipe:

2 cups organic all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup low-fat organic buttermilk
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup organic molasses
1/4 cup organic low-fat milk
1/4 cup organic canola oil
2 large organic eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

Combine flour through cloves in a large bowl with whisk. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk through eggs and stir with whisk. Pour into flour mixture, stirring until moist.

Bake for 45 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes and then remove from pan. Enjoy.

Happy last weekend of October to you! xo

55 comments :

  1. Looks delicious Trina!

    The transferware pattern is gorgeous and the mahogany colour makes it look earthy - perfect for Autumn.

    Sandy K

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  2. I come to you by way of "Life in red shoes" I love her blog and have so enjoyed yours..I just feel the need to wish you well, and I am so happy for you and you babies..you and your hubby will never feel such joy. Claudia

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  3. hi trina,

    omg, i've been eating gingerbread like crazy lately. it's so warm and spicy i just love it. i came across the craziest recipe ever and i can't get enough of it.

    your gingerbread looks so great on those jpretty plates.

    hope all is well with you.

    ~janet

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  4. gorgeous. love brown transferware! I am sure you could take the silverware to a local jeweler for monogramming...???

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  5. Trina...the dishes are so pretty, and from Homegoods no less, way to go! They and the Gingerbread were meant for each other...and I'm sure your new dining room will be even more beautiful with these lovely's gracing the table this Thanksgiving.
    I honestly can't wait to make this...any baked good with buttermilk and molasses becomes my best friend very quickly. :d

    Hope you are "all" doing well...
    xox J~

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  6. I have the same plates only mine are in blue!

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  7. I absolutely LOVE fall and especially fall breads! (my go-to is pumpkin bread) There's something very cozy about some warm bread and a cup of spice coffee or tea. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

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  8. Your transferware is just divine.

    Thanks for sharing your scrummy looking gingerbread recipe, I am most definitely going to make this this weekend!

    MB

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  9. Thanks for the gingerbread recipe, one of the BEST simple deserts.

    I really love your transferware. It's inspired me to be on the lookout for some myself.

    Enjoy,
    Chris

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  10. beautiful plates! and i think what is on it looks really yummy too, will have to try that for the holidays! ;)
    ~michelle~

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  11. The transferware is perfect for this ginger bread - and I love it mixed with your Granny's silver - personally there is nothing better than good silverware to eat with although my husband disagrees. Definitely going to try out your recipe - I have one for ginger cookies which I'll be doing later on my own blog - love ginger! Thanks for sharing - beautiful photographs as always.

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  12. Such beautiful plates. Pray tell, what is the definition of transferware? Not a term used down here in Oz. A-M xx

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  13. I've been looking for a good gingerbread recipe- yours looks delicious! I wonder if it will taste as good eaten off of my plain white plates? :)

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  14. I love your brown transferware...it is perfect for this time of year! I think I will have to make some gingerbread now...it looks delicious.

    xo,

    annie

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  15. Gorgeous plates!! I have never seen them in brown before and I love them. Really unusual but so pretty! I am just imagining them mixed with a pale pink aftrnoon tea table setting...beautiful!

    I always thought of gingerbread as those little men or houses. I am going to give it a try because it sure looks good enough to eat!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Cath

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  16. Also love gingerbread, how can you not, right?
    Very classy presentation on the transferware.

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  17. I love HOmegoods too -- it has great things and often they do have transferware (although ours never has 12 of anything -- even when it first comes in so great find!!!)

    The pattern is Asiatic Pheasants -- it is one of the most popular English patterns and several manufacturers make it. It's also a pattern of many colors -- I have a teal tea set by Wedgwood and blue plates also bought at Maxx/Homegoods (had to go to 3 stores to get 8 plates!)

    As to monogramming silver -- your jeweler should be able to do it for you. And even replicate the style of your grandmother's monogram. I'm not sure, however, what it would cost.

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  18. Thanks for sharing your gingerbread recipe. Now, just add a warm emon sauce!

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  19. Sending you a sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm. The brown transferware looks marvelous with that delicious looking gingerbread cake. I've got to stay away from Home Goods, I'm addicted to their plates and tablecloths!! Ciao, bella!

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  20. I sit here, enjoying my morning tea (and your blog) sipping out of a brown transferware cup and saucer. My cups and saucers are Clarice Cliff found here and there, but, I have several of your very same plates bought at Home Goods as well. We have a store two miles from home - not a good thing for a gal such as I with no self-control. I just love the idea of Thanksgiving dinner on these plates. Maybe I'll just make the gingerbread instead. yum

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  21. I am going to try this recipe! It looks and sounds delicious. I have admired your brown transferware for some time now. It is lovely.

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  22. Yum! This gingerbread looks wonderful. Will have to make this over the weekend.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Teresa

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  23. You're right - nothing smells better on a fall afternoon than something baked with those particular spices and molasses.
    If you take your flatware to a local jeweler I'm sure that he/she could quickly do the monogramming.

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  24. My dad loves gingerbread...I should make some for him. I really relate to your comment that fall foods would taste better with these lovely brown plates. I adore finding plates, bowls and silverware at flea markets and tag sales. Some of these treasures are my go to pieces when I eat certain foods. I think this is just a way of adding fun and making the everyday special. I enjoy my treasures, many that I have purchased for very little money, more than pieces that are "worth" more. I also find that since my family had very few pieces handed down, I am creating my own history. I hope you are feeling well and I can't wait for your twins!

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  25. I love the fragrance of gingerbread as it bakes in the oven! Your transfer ware is beautiful, isn't it nice to have dishes for special occasions? I have several and I use them all the time. I think you could bring your silver-plate to a jeweler for monogramming. Would you add your grandmothers initial or your last initial? Whatever you decide, enjoy.

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  26. I have a serious crush on brown transferware! I love your dishes and yes i do believe they make everything so tasty!!! the recipe looks delicious!
    xo,
    LuLu

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  27. Trina,
    Thanks for sharing the Gingerbread recipe! It sounds delicious. We've been eating Pumpking bread around here. Love the transferware! You could probably find a local jeweler to engrave the silverware, or someone who does awards and such.

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  28. A friend directed me to your blog...how beautiful! Transferware and gingerbread...a lovely combination! :)

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  29. Oooo, you are making me hungry. And your plates? They are lovely. I just found your site thru another blog and tho we are night and day on decorating, I just love your home and what you have done with it. Simply put, gorgeous! If I could have a second home, I believe I would steal some of your ideas! Kit

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  30. Dear Ocean Breezes,

    My maiden name and my married name both begin with 'B!' So having them engraved would fulfill both past and present.

    Trina

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  31. Hi Trina,
    Love the dishes, silverware and gingerbread!!!
    My daughter is getting married this week and we are busy, busy, busy. Interesting that both her maiden name and new married name begin with "B" too. :)
    Rest, my dear, time is near!

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  32. All wonderful... as usual... and the gingerbread... yumm yumm gnam gnam!!!
    raffaella/http://melogranoantico.blogspot.com

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  33. I don't know if I told you but I bought a bunch of brown transferware after I saw yours last year. It's all mismatched, which I love, which allows me to pick up odd pieces here and there when I find it. I have everyday dishes that are white and modern and the two pair beautifully.

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  34. That sounds and looks delicious! I'm slowly collecting blog recipes to try.. I've just read your last few posts..I have such little time for blogging at the moment but I'm always thinking of you and your little babies! You look gorgeous with your lovely hydrangeas and I loved the little story about your mum, she sounds wonderful - the perfect Grandma! Rachaelxx

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  35. Yum to both transferware and baking!! The table image you mentioned copying from my blog was from Wm Sonoma (tablecloths) FYI!

    Hope all is well xo Terri

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  36. my boys would love that slice trina, they adore anything ginger. such a pity we're not neighbours so i could send them over for a slice! hope you're keeping well xxx

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  37. Just love transferware, cant have enough of it!
    alicia

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  38. MOTH's just fallen off his Biggest Loser diet with a resounding thud Trina. This is his most favourite sweet treat of all - your recipe looks so moist & packed with flavour.
    Millie ^_^

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  39. Yum. Your gingerbread looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  40. I LOVE transferware. I want to start a collection like you have.

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  41. Hi Trina! Your post today is so full of autumn goodness! Thank you for the recipe! And I'm so glad that you go organic! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  42. Yummy - thanks for the recipe - I plan to make it soon! I love your transferware.

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  43. Great transferware find! The brown is much harder to find in the original. Great snag! Looks stunning against all your white.

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  44. A good jeweler will monogram silver for you! Love it all.

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  45. Looks and sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it!

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  46. trina... this sounds amazing... and your post is fabulous... will love to try this recipe!! xx

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  47. My boys gobble down gingerbread whenever my mom comes and makes it. I'll have to give it a try on my own. Love the dishes!

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  48. I just love your blog. You are really an inspiration with all your beautiful photos, recipes and decorating tips. Every time you post a recipe and photos, it inspires me to give it a try. Warm gingerbread sounds so good for a cold fall day.

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  49. Yum - thanks for reminding me ! I made a pumpkin pie, last night. (You take GREAT pictures, btw!)
    -Trish

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  50. Lovely plates and the gingerbread does look great on them!

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  51. My Mother has that silver. Pattern is "Lady Hamilton"

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  52. I truly love your blog and the sweet simplicity and elegance your bring to the blogosphere.

    You may have already been given advice, but I would check a reputable or locally owned jewelry store for monogramming real silver.

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  53. You have totally motivated me to look for some at my local Homegoods.

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  54. Martha is right, it is "Asiatic Birds" and so pretty in brown !!It's normally the blue version you find.
    I will try the gingerbread recipe- love it.
    What a great blog.
    I am new to blogworld, and just started my new blog
    http://moderncountrylady.blogspot.com/
    Have a look and tell me what you think!!

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  55. Thank you for sharing the delicious-sounding gingerbread recipe!

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