A question about a recipe: Ginger Apple Torte .

I have a question about the recipe "Ginger Apple Torte" from drbabs.
would like to serve this to someone who can't tolerate alchohol. Does the rum "bake off"? And if not, can it be omitted? thank you!

  • Posted by: kelleya
  • October 28, 2011
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Recipe question for: Ginger Apple Torte

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SKK
SKK October 29, 2011

There is 3 tablespoons of rum and it will bake off, given the time in the oven. If this does not alleviate your concern, you can always use vanilla or rum extract - non-alcoholic.

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nutcakes
nutcakes October 29, 2011

I would not serve it if that was an issue. I have made a similar cake and it stinks of Rum, (if a good way) it may be the same cake

Just use Vanilla, , not 3 T, just one, and try to find a solution that does not use alcohol.

Now that I am remembering, it is the cake I made and it is Rum-ful scented. Pick something else.
Email me for a good gingerbread recipe. All mine are stolen so I don't put them here.

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kelleya
kelleya October 29, 2011

Thank you! I think I'll try it sith a substitute.

drbabs
drbabs October 29, 2011

I wouldn't take a chance about the alcohol baking off. Just add the equivalent amount of milk. I think substituting that much vanilla will throw the flavor off and you need the liquid.

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SKK
SKK October 29, 2011

Thanks, drbabs! I stand corrected and have learned a lot from this question.

amysarah
amysarah October 29, 2011

It's actually not true that ALL alcohol cooks/bakes off in most recipes. Here's a chart from the US Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory that shows the retained percentages: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/AlcoholCooking.htm According to that, a cake baked 1 hour would retain about 25%. So, if the person you're serving can't tolerate any alcohol at all (e.g., certain medications react to even trace amounts; or, for some people in recovery, even just the taste/smell of alcohol can be a trigger), I'd sub something else. Given the flavors in the cake, maybe apple cider would work?

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drbabs
drbabs October 29, 2011

I've never tried apple cider, but I think it's an interesting idea--thanks!

kelleya
kelleya October 29, 2011

thanks to both of you. I will try a little vanailla and make up the balance of the 3 T with cider. Thank you both!

amysarah
amysarah October 29, 2011

kellya, cider with a little vanilla (or almond) extract sounds tasty - but one proviso: but pure extract can have as much as 35% alcohol too. So, you might want to ask him if that's okay. (How much alcohol remains post-baking, in one serving of a cake made with, e.g., one teaspoon of extract, I can't say.)

luvcookbooks
luvcookbooks October 29, 2011

If the person in ? is in recovery, please omit the alcohol.

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kelleya
kelleya October 29, 2011

Not in recovery, but just gets ill. I think I will try the cider. Thanks!

sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx October 29, 2011

Great point luvcookbooks. I cook for someone in recovery and he prefers no alcohol in his food, he cant always escape it when dining out. amysarah - thank you for making mention that extracts do contain alcohol.

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kelleya
kelleya October 29, 2011

Thanks to all. This was very helpful for this recipe and others. I decided to go with 1 1/2 T milk and 1 1/2 T apple cider. it was delicious!!!! I've never made the rum version, so I can't compare but this met with rave reviews. Thanks agan!

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