Apple-Gingerbread Squares

Serve a dense, homemade slice of gingerbread topped with rich ginger-molasses whipped cream. The crystallized ginger keeps the cake extra moist.

Yield: Makes 12 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup boiling apple cider
  • Ginger-Molasses Whipped Cream

Preparation

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add granulated and brown sugars, beating well. Add egg, beating until mixture is blended.
  2. Add flour and next 8 ingredients; beat at medium speed until smooth. Pour into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan.
  3. Bake at 325° for 35 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 3-inch squares. Serve gingerbread with Ginger-Molasses Whipped Cream.
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