New recipe🥄/column👏 from Chef Joey👨‍🍳: Molasses for your Ginger-bread!♥️ … + 🎶

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Chef Joey makes ginger-bread – hold the sugar! ICT file photo: Rose T.

Text, recipe and photos by Chef Joey

The end of the year is approaching: people evaluate the past year, set goals for the New Year, reflect – and clean out their fridge! What many people may have back there is molasses, that great old-fashioned ingredient. It is indeed sugar – however, it is a better version of it!

Molasses is obtained by crushing and boiling sugar cane (or beets) and extracting the sugary result. The first boil is called cane syrup – the second boil is B grade molasses and the 3rd boil is black strap molasses – slightly more bitter and with a robust flavor. The British call this “Black Treacle” and it has quite the viscosity.

♥️The difference between molasses and sugar is nutrients.

♥️Unlike highly refined sugars, molasses contains significant amounts of vitamin B-6 and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese. One tablespoon provides you with up to 20% of the recommended daily value of each of those nutrients. Blackstrap is also a good source of potassium. Blackstrap molasses is even sold as a dietary supplement!

Why use sugar to bake a nice gingerbread?
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Gingerbread made by Joey.

Substitute this inexpensive product to bake with!

♥️Gingerbread is a timeless recipe that has French “pain d’epices” and German “Pfefferkuchen” origins.

Here is a quick recipe that I use constantly – it’s a perfect kid-snack and even tastier with a dollop of freshly whipped cream on top!

Ingredients:

½ cup soft butter

½ cup of dark brown sugar

1 cup molasses

2 large eggs

1 teaspon vanilla

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinamon
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1 tsp ground (or fresh) ginger
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½ tsp ground cloves

1 cup hot boiling water

Directions:

Oven temp should be 350 degrees F – grease, and preferably parchment paper, a 9×9 pan.

Then grab a bowl and mix the dry ingredients.

Add everything else in another bowl, except the water. It will be thick. Add the flour mixture little by little – then add your boiling water. Mix well.

Pour into the pan and bake about 40 minutes – test with a toothpick. Let the cake (bread) cool before slicing.
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Don’t forget the freshly whipped cream on top!!

Enjoy!!!

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For Chef Joey’s daughter, Gigi😉: