Friday, 25 November 2011

Gingersnaps and other goods :)

Good Morning everyone! So for those of you who don't know every year when we have our first significant snowfall I make gingersnaps. It's a pretty simple recipe and marks my transition from pumpkin and fall flavours to winter and christmas cooking. So here it is...

Gingersnap Cookies
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • cinnamon sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Sift the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir the mixture to blend evenly.
  3. Place the shortening into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Gradually beat in the white sugar. Beat in the applesauce, and dark molasses. Sift in the flour mixture, and mix together until a soft dough forms. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll into 1 inch diameter balls between your hands. Roll each ball in cinnamon sugar, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the tops are rounded and slightly cracked, about 8 minutes.
  5. ENJOY!

also since I was in the baking mood (aka. couldn't concentrate on studying anymore) I also decided to make chocolate chip banana bread. Not as big an event to me as making gingersnaps but still this recipe always gets great reviews so here it is:

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
 3 very ripe bananas
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
2 tablespoons molasses
2 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
as many vegan chocolate chips as you want 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas really well. Add the sugar, applesauce, oil, and molasses, and mix.
  3. Sift in the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Use a wooden spoon to mix until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined. 
  4. Add chocolate chips!
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes. (The top should be lightly browned and a knife inserted through the center should come out clean.)
  6. ENJOY!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and for those of you in Montreal who know me if you want any of my baked goods let me know! (I have more then my roommate and I can consume)... Next blog post will be a coconut curry recipe so make sure to come back on Tuesday and check it out!

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