What is "Confectioner's Ginger"?

Leafing through the '46 edition of Joy of Cooking, I ran across a candy recipe calling for a teaspoon of the ingredient. No definition in the book, none in Food Lover's Companion, and the recipe does not appear in the current version of Joy, so no clues there.

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Rachel Sanders
Rachel Sanders June 8, 2012

My guess is that it would be another term for powdered ginger. What is the recipe for exactly.

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inpatskitchen
inpatskitchen June 8, 2012

Candied ginger is sometimes referred to as a "confectionery". I've seen recipes where ground ginger and confectioner's sugar are substituted for it..

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ChefOno
ChefOno June 8, 2012

The book mentions ground ginger specifically in other recipes so I assume this is something different.

The recipe is for a candy, a brown sugar and cream base with pineapple and ginger.

It's entirely possible candied ginger is equivalent, but with only a teaspoon in a pound of candy, it would have to be very finely chopped and there is no mention of any such processing.

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withinseason
withinseason June 8, 2012

According to this candy making book (Shipman 2003), it's candied ginger. Can only find the one source though defining it.

http://books.google.com/books?id=pI2_5exadywC&pg=PA11&dq=%22confectioners'+ginger%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=S6_ST527HofH6gGsvtS1Aw&ved=0CEcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22confectioners'%20ginger%22&f=false

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ChefOno
ChefOno June 9, 2012

Sweet! One reference is better than guessing -- and better than I could come up with. Thanks.

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