Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Week in the Mile High State…Part II


Tuesday started out a rainy and dreary–albeit hot—day and Sister, Mom and I went to Arvada to go to the retail store for Penzeys Spices. I'm kind of a spice nut as I really don't like using salt and feel almost any meal can be made better with the right spice. I had my eye on getting really good cinnamon and found the Extra Fancy Vietnamese Cassia (not a true cinnamon by the way). I enjoy it so much I put it in my coffee as well as breakfast smoothies.

I would definitely recommend going to this store if you have the time. My family each bought a number of bags, then divided them up into the jars, which they sell at the shop. I walked away with about 15 new spices to try out.


Fresh gingerbread. This recipe is super moist, but now that I've made it I'll be changing up some of the ingredients. First, I'll be substituting most of the butter with applesauce, doubling the cinnamon and ginger and serving it with hot coffee. Delicious! The recipe as modified is below.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mild molasses (not robust or blackstrap)
  • 3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk (I used 3/4 Tbsp lemon juice and 1%milk to make 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF with rack in middle. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • Whisk together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Beat applesauce, butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg until blended, then beat in molasses and buttermilk. Mix in flour mixture on low speed until smooth, then add hot water and beat 1 minute (batter may look curdled.)
  • Spread batter evenly in pan and bake until a wooded pick inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack.
Next up: Estes Park, CO.


Arabian Acres said...

You can bet I am going to try this one out. I like the idea of the applesauce, better for you and probably tastes better too!

Mountain Mama said...

Is it sad that Penzey's personnel recognize me? I only go there about 3X a year.

I take the index of their catalog as my shopping list.

Michelle said...

That looks delicious! I can't wait to try that this fall.