It’s Christmas week. Who is excited? This Christmas seems to be the year of the gingerbread. It’s everywhere and I love it! We’ve had M&S Gingerbread Teacakes and Viennese Creams, Butterkist Gingerbread Popcorn, Gingerbread Doughnuts, Gingerbread Porridge and now it is the turn of the Waitrose Gingerbread muffin.
This beast of a muffin is from the Waitrose bakery area and in its bright red wrapper this muffin cost £1.00 to take away, and £1.20 to eat in. Why it should cost an extra 20p for a plate and taking a seat I do not know.
Gingerbread muffin with crystallised ginger, stem ginger and ground ginger with buttercream.
Cutting open revealed a thick buttercream filling, a soft springy muffin and little chunks of crystallised ginger that was clustered near the top. The muffin had a crispy crunchy sugary topping which was delicious. The buttercream was thick and very much needed because despite the springy texture the bottom half was very thick, dense and dry. The gingerbread muffin itself had a lovely warming taste however the addition of stem ginger chunks was a step too far. Not only was it a ginger overload the two differing textures just didn’t work and chowing down on chunks of ginger was not a winner.
It would appear Waitrose have gone a wee bit ginger happy with their Gingerbread Muffin. If they had left out the stem ginger then the balance would have been far nicer and the texture more of what a muffin should be. If you are a real ginger flavour lover then this will be a test for you.
Nibbles ‘n’ Scribbles x