As I watched the snow falling today, I thought of the joys of hot tea and subtly spiced treats. Good foods can bring warmth to our spirits when it is cold outside. Here is a recipe for spiced gingerbread from our pastry chef Melissa Denmark. This recipe will bring wonderful aromas to your home, and will entice your neighbors to drop in for a visit. We hope you enjoy trying this in your kitchen!

Here is what you will need:

 

  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with parchment paper, and coat with butter or pan spray to create a non-stick surface.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup hot water, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 cup molasses. Whisk until combined, and allow to cool.
  3. Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl – 1 ¼ cup flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp clove, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cardamom, and 1/2 cup sugar. Make a well in the center and set aside.
  4. Add 1/3 cup oil and 1 egg to the molasses mixture. Whisk until fully combined.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry ingredients. Whisk carefully to avoid lumps by starting in the middle and moving outward until all of the dry ingredients are fully combined. Fold in the chopped candied ginger.
  6. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely before slicing. Enjoy this dessert in its purest form or accompanied by cream cheese frosting, whipped cream, or ice cream.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting - photo by JWessel Photography
Cream Cheese Frosting – photo by JWessel Photography
  1. Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar, and salt in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mixture will become pale in color and very smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla and milk; continue to beat the icing until fluffy.
  3. Spread onto the cooled gingerbread.

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