I always like to include a mini loaf in my cookie tins using small little paper loaf pans. You can wrap them up or place them inside a cookie tin with cookies on all sides. Or just give these rich and spicy tea cakes all by themselves.
Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting
- 6 cups flour
- 8 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons ground cloves
- 9 teaspoons ground ginger
- 4 teaspoons sea salt
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups soft ened butter
- 4 cups sugar
- 4 cups applesauce unsweetened
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 12 cups powdered sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 8-12 tablespoons milk
- 4 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- If using a regular-sized bread loaf pan, line with parchment or coat with nonstick spray. If using mini paper pans, don’t worry about preparing them.
- In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients (flour, spices, salt, baking soda).
- In a larger bowl, cream butter, sugar, and applesauce. Fold in the dry ingredients until combined.
- Divide batter among bread pans, filling ⅔ of the way. Bake for 40–60 minutes depending upon size of pan, and until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
- In a bowl, using a mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, adding milk until smooth and no lumps remain. Spread over completely cooled gingerbread loaves. Sprinkle chopped candied ginger on top and allow to set up for an hour or so.
Sherri Scott runs GRUB Grown Nursery and Farm, specializing in edible and otherwise useful garden starts. She sells these starts at Chico Natural Foods and at her booth at the Saturday Chico Farmers’ Market, February-mid November, or by email arrangement for pick-up. Under the name Naturejunkie Farm & Forage, she also uses farmed and foraged herbs, fruits, and vegetables to make cane sugar-free and mostly vegan foods, nutritionals, and medicinals. She co-founded Chico’s Annual Seed Swap and Chico Seed Lending Library, and has taught cooking, gardening, and herbal workshops for kids and adults. Her recently recorded Zoom workshop on Backyard Seed Saving, sponsored by Butte County Local Food Network, is available on You Tube. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.