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Holiday Gifts & Lifestyle

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Gingerbread Cake

Catch up to a holiday tradition with toasty fresh-baked gingerbread. Gingerbread refers to a variety of baked goods with a prominent flavor of ginger and sweetened with brown sugar, molasses or honey. They can be fluffy like a cake or crisp like a thin cookie. This makes gingerbread the perfect versatile holiday treat.
Whip up this fluffy gingerbread cake, warm up a cup of tea and watch the snow fall for an afternoon.

(recipe by King Arthur flour)

2 ¼ cups whole wheat flour or 2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger or 3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup molasses
¼ cup water
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup diced crystallized ginger (optional)

1. Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add the molasses to the melted butter, then to the dry ingredients, mixing to moisten. Add the water and stir to combine.

3. Whisk together the egg and buttermilk, then stir into the batter. Add the crystallized ginger, if using. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the sides just begin to pull away from the pan.

4. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes before slicing. It's best served warm.

Monte Vista Journal