Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup

Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup is sweet, spicy and much brighter than the shop bought stuff. It’s so easy to make and is a wonderful ingredient for all types of recipes.

An open jar of Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup

This week I’m giving my posts over to ginger. Fresh ginger is a bit of a special ingredient isn’t it? It can be used in everything from sweet to savoury and is used all over the world from traditional British cooking to traditional Asian cooking. It is spicy and fiery and at the same time feels so good for you. In fact it is so good for you. Ginger helps nausea, relieve muscle soreness, it is also an anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugars, helps with indigestion, menstruation cramps and can help lower cholesterol. It’s no wonder we love ginger and use it so prolifically.

A plate of stem ginger

One of my favourite ways to incorporate ginger into my baking and cooking is the jars of stem ginger in syrup which you can find in the baking department of the supermarket. It is an ingredient I turn to time and time again as it works in so many different places, adding a subtle ginger kick to recipes such as Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Streusel Cake, Lemon Iced Stem Ginger Parkin, Strawberry and Stem Ginger Sangria or Apple and Stem Ginger Chutney.

Chopped stem ginger

My use of stem ginger doesn’t just stop at the little balls of ginger either, I love to use the syrup in recipes. The sweet syrup infused with plenty of ginger kick can be used to liven up cocktails, be poured over ice cream or to sweeten up fruit salads.

In fact I use stem ginger in syrup so much that I wondered if there was a way I could take my love of it to the next level. Of course there was. I could make my own.

A jar of Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup

Now my investigation into how to make Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup led me to the very interesting realisation that not only is it super quick and easy to make your own with so much more flavour intensity but the recipe is only a few steps away to making Crystallised Stem Ginger. If you like Stem Ginger in Syrup then you know you’re going to love Crystallised Stem Ginger, a beautiful sweet treat that’s delicious on its own or as cake decoration or as an accompaniment to a plain sponge or ice cream. So I couldn’t help myself. I am sharing both of these recipes.

Today I’m giving you the lowdown on how to make your own Stem Ginger in Syrup, followed by my next post on how to take that recipe one step further to create Crystallised Stem Ginger. If you’re still with me after that then you can choose to be treated to a very special recipe on how to use all your leftover syrup. We’re going to make the most delicious Salted Ginger Fudge

A jar of Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup

All of these recipes are great for your own personal use but they are also ideal if you are looking for a special homemade gift this season. The Stem Ginger in syrup is oh so useful and a lovely pressie for the home baker. The Crystallised Ginger will be appreciated by everyone, it is such a treat and so beautiful in a jar. There will be some very happy people on Christmas morning.

So let’s not dilly dally any more, let me light the way towards the recipe for Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup.

Jars of Homemade Stem Ginger in syrup

If you make this Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup recipe then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this lovely ingredient as the VIP in your own baking or cooking creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup
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Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup

Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup is sweet, spicy and much brighter than the shop bought stuff. It's so easy to make and is a wonderful ingredient for all types of recipes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: British
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 116kcal

Ingredients

  • 600 g fresh ginger
  • 600 g granulated sugar
  • 600 ml water

Instructions

Day 1

  • Freeze ginger overnight to tenderise.

Day 2

  • Remove the ginger from the freezer and wait for about 5-10 minutes for the ginger to warm slightly then peel and slice into pieces. There should be about 450g ginger after peeling and chopping
  • Cook the ginger in a large saucepan with the lid on for 2½ hours in 1.4 litres water until the ginger is tender.
  • Drain the ginger but reserve water.
  • Then weigh the water, you will need about 600ml so add more water if it’s slightly less or pour some away if it’s more.
  • Pour the water back into the saucepan and add the granulated sugar.
  • Bring the water and sugar to a boil.
  • Add the ginger back in and bring back to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and behold your stem ginger in syrup.
  • To store your ginger, scoop out the ginger and pack into sterilised jars*, topping the jars up with the syrup to completely cover the ginger.

Notes

*To sterilise the jars place the very clean jars you would like to use in an oven pre-heated to 140°C for 20 minutes. Sterilise the lids by dropping them into a saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes with a splash of vinegar. I don’t sterilise my lids in the oven as they tend to ruin.
Yield 2 380g jars
Do you want to go a step further for Homemade Crystallised Ginger? Then stay tuned for my next post…

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 103mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg

If you are wondering what to do with all the leftover syrup once you have finished your Homemade Stem Ginger in Syrup then why not try this easy Salted Ginger Fudge recipe. It only has four ingredients and is absolutely delicious. You can download the recipe at the link below.

A plate of salted ginger fudge next to a piece of ginger

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I absolutely love this Kuhn Rikon Piranha Y Peeler, Green and it’s excellent at peeling the fresh ginger for this recipe. It’s specifically designed for peeling smooth/fuzzy skins such as tomatoes, peppers, peaches, kiwi fruits but I use it for so much more. It has razor-sharp serrated stainless steel blade and grips securely so won’t slip and produces paper-thin strips so you don’t lose any of your precious ginger.

I find my Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole, 28 cm – Marseille Blue absolutely indispensable when I’m making any type of preserve or indeed anything in the kitchen. It’s very heavy duty but I use it for absolutely everything from pot roasts, stews and stocks to making jams and chutneys. It’s large enough that it is great for so many purposes from sweet to savoury. I have the signature marseille blue colour as when I bought it I wanted it to match the old Le Creuset saucepans handed down to me from my dad but you can get them in other beautiful colours. Different colours are different prices so you can definitely get a good deal if you choose a less popular colour.

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Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Streusel Cake

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Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free}

Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping is a revelation if you have never thought to put tomatoes in a cake. This gluten-free version is deeply flavourful and sweetly spiced with a gentle nudge of caramelised ginger.

overhead shot of Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free} on a plate with green tomatoes next to it

I first published a recipe for Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping back in 2014 as a wheat cake. I made it a bunch of times but never got around to taking decent photos of the cake which was so popular at my market stall back then. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to switch the recipe up to a gluten-free version but I am thrilled I finally did it as I had forgotten how amazing this cake is. It goes without saying that I prefer the gluten-free version of the cake as I am a staunch alternative flour advocate but the sweet rice flour and oat flour really do give this beautifully flavourful sponge even more character.

side shot of Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free} on a plate with green tomatoes next to it

The following words are as written in 2014 since it describes how I came up for the idea for the recipe in the first place. I basically cribbed it off my sister.

overhead shot of Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free} on a plate with green tomatoes next to it

When my sister first told me she had made this cake a few weeks ago with the last remaining green tomatoes in her vegetable garden I immediately thought that this was one of her weird experiments and dismissed it.

The idea stayed with me though and I couldn’t stop thinking of this green tomato cake that she had been raving about. I’m a huge fan of green tomatoes and the thought of incorporating them into my baking was intriguing. So I called her back up a few days later and asked her a bit more about it.

She said the texture was incredibly moist but the closest thing she could see that it resembled was a carrot cake. Suddenly it all made sense and I kicked myself for not seeing how this was the perfect use for the firm, tangy tomatoes that are still hanging round well into Autumn, especially when spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

overhead shot of a slice of Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free} on a plate

I thought I had missed out though as I hadn’t seen any green tomatoes for a while and assumed their time had passed for the season. Then on a chance visit to Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market I saw huge mounds of the these emerald green beauties glinting in the frost bitten sun. I am useless when it comes to understanding quantities of things and rather than be floundering with too few tomatoes I bought bags of them, just in case.

overhead shot of Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free} on a plate with green tomatoes next to it

There wasn’t a huge amount of recipes for green tomato cake online but those that were all emanated from the southern states of America which is understandable since they are the guys that brought us the sublime fried green tomatoes and seem to understand this ingredient better than most.

It does seem that the cake is treated much like any vegetable cake with plenty of sugar, oil instead of butter and spicing aplenty. I took my Autumn theme a bit more seriously though and dotted diced stem ginger throughout, and topped the cake with a sweetly buttered crunchy streusel crown.

The streusel topping turned out to be a wonderful adornment, making the cake taste almost like a deliciously moist fruit crumble. The pockets of juicy tomato are so enticing and add another texture every now and then to the now complex structure of the cake. It’s just as well then that the assembling of the cake is so darn simple.

side shot of a slice of Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free} on a plate with green tomatoes next to it

I can’t convince you enough to make this cake, vegetables cakes are one of the cornerstones of my cake stall and this Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake is one of the best. Make it now whilst the glut of green tomatoes is at its peak.

If you need some more ideas of gluten-free cakes to make this season, then why not try:

Golden Beetroot Carrot Cake

Plum Brown Butter Almond Cake

Vinegar Cake

Or if you’d like another green tomato recipe then have a look at this game changing Green Tomato Ketchup.

overhead shot of slices of Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free} on a plate with green tomatoes next to it

If you make the Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you make the recipe I’d also love it if you tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

side shot of a slice of Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free} on a plate with green tomatoes next to it

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Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping

Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping is a revelation if you have never thought to put tomatoes in a cake. This gluten-free version is deeply flavourful and sweetly spiced with a gentle nudge of caramelised ginger.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 14 people
Calories: 475kcal

Ingredients

  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 225 g light brown sugar
  • 240 ml light olive oil
  • 40 ml stem ginger syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 170 g sweet rice flour
  • 170 g oat flour
  • 35 g potato flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 350 g green tomatoes diced
  • 75 g stem ginger finely diced, about 4 balls

For the streusel topping

  • 20 g sweet rice flour
  • 20 g oat flour
  • 85 g demerara sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 50 g cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons oats

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 160° and line and grease a 20cm deep round cake tin
  • First make the streusel topping by rubbing together the flours, sugar, cinnamon, butter and oats until the mixture is crumbly, then set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat together the caster sugar, light brown sugar, olive oil, stem ginger syrup, eggs and vanilla until completely combined.
  • In a separate bowl sift together the flours, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger.
  • Add the flour to the sugar and egg mixture and beat until well combined.
  • Stir in the green tomatoes and the stem ginger until evenly distributed then pour into the cake tin.
  • Sprinkle the streusel topping over the cake mixture.
  • Place the cake in the oven and bake for about 90-100 minutes until an inserted cocktail stick comes out clean. You might want to check the cake two thirds of the way through its cooking time and cover the top with foil if the streusel topping is getting too brown.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and leave for 5 minutes in the tin before turning out to finish cooling on a wire rack.

Notes

If you fell in love with the original recipe made with wheat flour and want to continue using that version, then use the same recipe as above but substitute the sweet rice flour, oat flour and potato flour in the cake for 375g plain all-purpose flour, and the sweet rice flour and oat flour in the streusel topping for 40g plain all-purpose flour.

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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The cake tins I always use are these PME Anodised Aluminium Round Cake Pan 8 x 4-Inch Deep which are wonderful as they have completely straight sides so your cakes will be beautifully neat, the anodised aluminium means the heat disperses evenly throughout the cake without cooking the sides too quickly, which some darker cake tins do. The cakes slip out of the tins easily and they come in all the sizes you would need, although typically I use the 8 inch tins.

It’s not easy to buy certified gluten-free sweet rice flour in the UK, for some reason Bob’s Red Mill is astronomically expensive. However I have finally found a brand which is 100% certified gluten-free and it’s fantastic. The brand is yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Sweet Rice Flour (glutinous) 1kg

Oat flour can be picked up at most health food shops and if I run out that’s where I head to. However, like all alternative flours it can be expensive so I find the most economical way is to buy it online. I go through bags of the stuff as it’s the flour I use most regularly so I like to buy in bulk. My favourite brand is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour 400 g (Pack of 4) at a reasonable price. Even better if you go the subscribe and save option.

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Strawberry and Stem Ginger Sangria

Strawberry and Stem Ginger Sangria is sweet and spicy, a delightfully refreshing cocktail for a summer’s day.

Strawberry and Stem Ginger Sangria

This gorgeous sangria simply bursts with bright British strawberries and zingy stem ginger. The strawberries and stem ginger are pureed with a dash of syrup and citrusy lime then topped up with a lovely fruity red wine and a splash of bourbon.

Strawberry and Stem Ginger Sangria

For a Non-Alchoholic Version

The non-alcoholic version is a wonderful alternative if you like or require your drink a little softer. Just make the strawberry and stem ginger base as per the method below, then instead of mixing it with red wine and bourbon, top with soda water. A pretty fantastic virgin cocktail by anyone’s standard.

Strawberry and Stem Ginger Sangria

I think we’re all going to need a little bit of sweet and spicy sangria this bank holiday as by all accounts the heatwave is pawing the ground ready to charge and everyone knows in the UK you have to grab the bull by the horns – this might be the only few days of summer we’re going to get!

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If you make this Strawberry Stem Ginger Sangria then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own baking creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

Strawberry and Stem Ginger Sangria

Strawberry and Stem Ginger Sangria is sweet and spicy, a delightfully refreshing cocktail for a summer's day.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 151kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 balls stem ginger plus 1 tablespoon of the syrup
  • 300 g strawberries hulled
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 60 ml bourbon

Instructions

  • Place the stem ginger, syrup, strawberries and lime juice in the blender and whizz up until smooth.
  • Pour into a large jug along with the red wine and bourbon and stir together.
  • Serve over plenty of ice.

Notes

Rioja is a lovely red wine to use for Sangria.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 29.4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Apple and Stem Ginger Chutney

Apple and Stem Ginger Chutney is a sweet spicy chutney perfect with cheese.

I have been making chutneys and jams for my friends and family for Christmas presents as long as I can remember. It’s perhaps my annual ritual that I treasure the most. It signifies making the most of the autumnal farmers’ market or foraging treasures and is one of the first steps I take each year when starting to plan for the festive season.

There was a time when I rotated the chutneys I made, perhaps an apple, pear and hazelnut chutney, often a piccalilli or even a traditional dowerhouse chutney. However since I developed this particular Apple and Stem Ginger Chutney a couple of years ago there has been absolutely no looking back. It has been one of my favourite kitchen creations and now I make it every single year to pass onto my loved ones, and of course to scoff myself with a mountain of cheese.

I rather like it as it’s not one of those chunky chutneys that makes your sandwich all lumpy, or a chutney that is stuffed with little pops of sultanas making the whole affair too fruity. No, this chutney has the perfect balance of texture from the soft apples, of sweetness from the stem ginger and a warmth of spice from the root ginger, chipotle chilli powder, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Apple & Stem Ginger Chutney

This chutney is perfect on your festive cheeseboard as it goes with pretty much any cheese. It’s also incredibly addictive so don’t be surprised if you find you are balancing more chutney on your cracker instead of cheese. This recipe makes a good few jars but it’s perfect to give away as presents or to hoard yourself so you can keep your supplies well on the go until next year’s batch.

Apple & Stem Ginger Chutney

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If you make this Apple and Stem Ginger Chutney then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own baking creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

Apple and Stem Ginger Chutney

A sweet spicy chutney perfect with cheese
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12 200ml jars
Calories: 345kcal

Ingredients

For the spice bag:

  • 50 g root ginger
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds

Chutney

  • 1.5 kg Bramley apples peeled, cored and diced
  • 1.5 kg Cox Pippin apples peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 kg white onions diced
  • 4 balls stem ginger about 80g, finely chopped
  • 500 g soft light brown sugar
  • 600 ml cider vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon chipotle chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

Instructions

  • Place the spice bag ingredients into a muslin bag and then put into a large preserving pan with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Bring slowly to the boil, then simmer for 2.5 hours.
  • Remove the spice bag then decant the chutney into sterilised jars.
  • Keep in a cool dark place for 2-3 months before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 25g | Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 17.9mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg