What a windy, chilly day! The morning started off with a trip to Wal Mart since the 4-year old insisted that we make gingerbread men today.
He is hard a work putting the icing on those babies!
I have to admit that we cheated and used a cookie mix for his gingerbread men. Only because he insisted on the cookie mix, of course that was the reason for the early morning trip.
So what do you do when it is so chilly outside that you want to stay indoors….you bake! After putting the lovely venison roast in the oven that the hubster supplied after last week’s hunt, I was busy playing in all things ginger.
This little beauty is one of my favorite things to make around Christmas. It is a very simple recipe resulting in a moist, delicious bread.
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/4 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon orange extract, optional
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt.
Then set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in orange extract.
Mix baking soda into applesauce and stir into creamed butter mixture.
Add flour mixture. Mix until smooth.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes or until a
toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and orange extract. Slowly beat in confectioner’s sugar.
A little QC – quality control
Just as delicious as I remembered 🙂
So what did I have for dessert tonight? Hmmm, I wonder!
I didn’t make the frosting to go on top; however, I wanted to include this in case you choose to use it. Instead I am opting for a scoop of “banana ice cream” with a lovely “bananas foster” sauce on top.
- Frozen bananas “whipped” into soft serve
For the “bananas foster” you will need coconut butter/oil, maple syrup, and a banana sliced in quarters. Now I call this Bananas Foster sauce, but as any true Southern Louisiana girl knows this isn’t truly Bananas Foster – no rum, brown sugar, or butter – I had to clean it up a bit!!
- Banana quartered
- 1 tbs coconut butter
- 1 tbs maple syrup
- dash of cinnamon
Place the coconut oil (I used cocoa bliss – had cocoa in mixed in it- for a special little chocolate treat) and the maple syrup in a sauce pan on low heat until melted and smooth. Place the bananas in the pan until warm and brown. Serve and enjoy!!
A clean dessert that you can enjoy guilt free 🙂
This is Christmas Heaven on a plate 🙂