Friday, September 30, 2011
I have not had enough gingerbread in my life. A nice, thick slice of spicy gingerbread, with a drizzle of frosting, maybe spread with some apple butter and accompanied by a cup of hot cider...mmm. This recipe makes just enough for one loaf, and is so quick and easy that you'll hardly remember it took any effort at all.
Cream them together until the butter is light and fluffy.
It worked out fine. Just be more attentive than me, and do things in the right order.
Set the molasses water aside for now.
Back in the mixing bowl ...
I wanted to add a bit of minced candied ginger too, but I couldn't find any. If you have some and want to add it, a tablespoon would be lovely.
Add the spices to the bowl.
I would never hear the end of it if she caught me. "Why are you using my snack? That's my snack ... " Nevermind that I'm making a way better snack with this snack ...
Yup. I used salted butter. For baking! Gasp!
It was all I had. I just added less salt to make up for it.
When a toothpick inserted into the center of the gingerbread comes out clean, that means it can come out!
Now that it's out and cooling, you can make the frosting!
Okay. This doesn't really need frosting. But I find the contrast of white frosting and brown gingerbread so, so pretty, and leaving it plain just seems boring.
That's why I added a little more cream after the vanilla. Vanilla extract is a liquid, too, so adding it would thin the frosting out as well. I didn't want it to get too runny.
When the frosting is the consistency you want, just pour it onto your gingerbread.
This was The Kid's slice. I was a nice mom and gave her the frosting-covered heel.
Do I really have to tell you the next step? ;)
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened
1 c. molasses
2 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/6 tsp. (just a pinch!) cardamom
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. minced candied ginger (optional)
1 c. water
1/2 c. applesauce
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until combined. Add molasses and beat until combined.
Add flour and baking soda slowly, until completely combined. Add spices.
Slowly add water, until completely combined. Scrape down the bowl!
Add applesauce and stir until combined.
Pour into a well-greased loaf pan (or a 9" cake pan) and bake for 350F for 1 hour. Let cool completely before drizzling with frosting.
Recipe: Gingerbread Frosting
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp. milk or cream
Combine all ingredients. Drizzle over gingerbread and allow to harden.