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Our Holiday Gingerbread House (At a Glance)

Yes, I know, I am a bit tardy on this and I have yet to post anything recently.  So, won't you bare with me and stick around while we play catch up for a minute. 

Here is a quick photo-capture of our 2011 Gingerbread House in the making.  Very simple process and the kits that are out now make it even easier.  I always think that gingerbread houses should be sold year around, because they are just so darn fun to make and then eat, right? 

Quick Gingerbread
255 calories per serving

Ingredients needed:

Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup light molasses
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup firmly packed minced ginger
Confectioner's Sugar for dusting


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Sprinkle flour into the pan and shake out the excess. 

2.  In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt and set aside.  In another bowl, whisk together molasses, eggs, oil, and buttermilk.   

3.  Dissolve baking soda in a cup of boiling water and fold into the molasses, then combine into the dry ingredients until well combined.  Don't over mix.  Add ginger.

4.  Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake until the center comes out clean (About 40 minutes).  Cool for 10 minutes and invert onto a cooling rake.  Dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.