Nerd has been begging me to make gingerbread for months, so I was ecstatic when I found this recipe in December’s Cooking Light!
- 11.25 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 1/2 cups)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger (I used 1 t fresh shredded/squeezed ginger and 1/2 t ground)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 large egg
- 2/3 cup molasses
- 1 (4-ounce) container unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk
- Cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through cloves) in a bowl, stirring well.
3. Combine sugar, oil, and egg in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until combined. Stir in molasses and applesauce.
4. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to egg mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spoon batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
5. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Cut into squares.
After all was baked and done, Nerd informs me that he was really wanting little men to bite the heads off of! I told him to suck it up and try it… AND he said it was “uh-mazing.” Since he’s not to fond of sweets I typically end up eating whole pies and batches of cookies. This time, I sent up the rest of the bread to the engineering lab. Apparently I didn’t bake enough, because flogging commenced over the last piece!
Happy Early Turkey Day!!