Recipe by Derf
This is wonderfull stuff with lots of childhood memories. Made new by Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart, Readers Digest.
Top Review by Baby Kato
Wonderful, this was just wonderful Derf. Thank you so much for sharing. The gingerbread was rich, sweet, tender, spicy and oh so flavorful. it was also very quick and easy to make. Into my keeper box this goes, I will be making this often.
- 1 1⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or make a mix of your favourite spices)
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1⁄4 cup light molasses
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 4 tablespoons margarine
- 1⁄2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 3⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Generously coat 8-inch square cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place cooling rack on waxed paper.
- Whisk flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.
- Blend applesauce, molasses and egg in separate bowl.
- Cream margarine and brown sugar in medium bowl with electric mixer at high speed until light, 3 or 4 minutes.
- Reduce speed to low and beat in applesauce mixture.
- Stir in flour mixture with wooden spoon just until combined.
- Blend in fresh ginger.
- Scrape batter into cake pan.
- Bake until cake tester inserted in centre comes out with moist crumbs clinging, about 45 minutes.
- Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes.
- Remove from pan and set right side up on rack.
- Cool completely.
- Scatter crystallized ginger on top of ginerbread.
- Blend confectioners' sugar with enough water (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) to make spreadable glaze.
- Drizzle glaze over crystallized ginger with fork, letting some glaze drizzle down sides.
- Or do not glaze, add a dollop of whipped cream.