While we love ginger any time of year, there's something about its spicy bite (or maybe its affinity for cinnamon and cloves) that makes it perfect for fall. Here are some of our favorite ginger dessert recipes, from plum and ginger cobblers to ginger cookies with cardamom and black pepper.
Roasted Plum, Ginger, and Honey Ice Cream: "Sweet plummy juices," that only get richer when the fruit is roasted, blend beautifully with fresh ginger, "all spice and sass."
Celery Ice Cream with Candied Ginger and Rum-Plumped Golden Raisins: "Wow, that's a long title," you might be thinking; but the herbal flavors of celery are a good match for spicy ginger, and what's a more classic combo than ginger and rum?
Ginger-Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream: The spicy bite of ginger counters the sweet, sticky raspberry jam.
Rhubarb-Ginger Sorbet: This sorbet is "a bright, refreshing mix of sweet, tart, and spicy flavors."
Ginger Beer, Rum, and Coconut Sorbet: It's like a Dark and Stormy in frozen form—with coconut milk to make it creamy.
Gingerbread and Trappist Ale Ice Cream: Fresh ginger and candied ginger are a huge improvement on most gingerbreads' flat ground ginger flavor; cinnamon, star anise, allspice, cardamom, and black peppercorn make for a deep, complex spice blend, with the added flavor of a rich dark ale.
Cakes, Pies, and Cobblers
Plum-Blackberry Cobbler: Minced crystallized ginger adds "sharp pinpricks of spice that jolt the fruit flavors."
Plum and Ginger Cobbler: Late summer plums transition into fall with the help of ginger, further spiced with cardamom and star anise.
Ginger Custard Pumpkin Pie: "What sets this pie apart is that it uses a ginger-infused custard base to lighten up the traditional canned pumpkin puree."
Pear and Ginger Cake: Flavored with almonds, ginger wine, and preserved ginger.
Ginger Sandwich Cookies: In which we sandwich puckery lemon cream between classic gingersnap cookies.
Ginger Spiced Molasses Sugar Cookies: Allspice, cloves, and cinnamon round out these classic cookies.
Milk Chocolate Cookies With Ginger And Toffee: Heath bar toffee meets coarsely chopped crystallized ginger in these soft cookies.
Chewy Ginger Cookies with Cardamom and Black Pepper: GInger's elusive spice is matched by cardamom; its spice is heightened by black pepper.
Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies: "By adding both cocoa powder and chocolate to snappy ginger-molasses cookie recipe the cookies have deep, bold flavors of warm spices and chocolate."
Giant Ginger Cookies: Big, chewy in the middle, and huge on ginger flavor.
Three-Way Gingersnaps: Fresh, ground, and crystallized ginger are used in these cookies, which bake at a low heat so they're nice, dry, and snappy.
Chewy Gingersnaps: For those who like their cookies more chewy than snappy.
Chinese Ginger-Lime Candy: "Mixing spicy grated ginger into the sticky, caramelly candies gives them a great little bite and the lime oil lends an elegant floral note."