Its been unseasonably cold here in Colorado so what better way to warm one up than by eating gingerbread by the fire. I made small loaves of gingerbread to give my neighbors for Christmas (but shhh, don’t tell them yet). Gingerbread is packed with spices too keep you warm and to regulate blood sugar. Here is the recipe I used; it has been adapted from our local newspaper.
1 ½ cups flour (can mix white and whole wheat)
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons powdered ginger
2 teaspoons powdered cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch cayenne pepper
½ cup cold butter (or slightly less), cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons molasses
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
Combine flour, sugar, and spices in a large mixing bowl. Slice butter into the flour mixture and mix with a pastry blender until crumbly. Scoop out ¼ cup and set aside to sprinkle on top later.
Stir egg and molasses into flour mixture. Combine buttermilk, baking soda and salt, then add to flour mixture stirring well
Pour batter into a greased 9-inch square pan; sprinkle reserved flour/butter mixture evenly over the top.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.