Happy Holiday Baking!

December 17, 2009 at 11:00 am Leave a comment


Apple Gingerbread Squares

This holiday baking experiment was a success!

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In this month’s newsletter I share my tips for increasing the nutrition content of your favourite holiday treats.  This year I did my own experiment and had success with my Apple-Gingerbread Squares.  I took 2 recipes from an old Holiday Baking magazine, made a few changes and they turned out delicious!  Try these treats or experiment on your own!

What about kids and sugar over the holidays? This is a personal choice.  My personal goal is not to let my little guy have sugar until he is 2.  I don’t think he knows the difference, so why give it earlier than necessary?  If you have trouble with family respecting your choices, this may be the time you need to put your foot down as a parent.  For older kids it is important to teach them moderations, how to enjoy treats, and not to over-indulge.  This is a delicate balance difficult for all of us to learn.

Apple Gingerbread Squares

This is a slab pie style recipe.  Similar to a pie with a simple pastry and a great topping you make it in a 9×11 pan.  Cut into squares.  They freeze beautifully!

Pastry

  • 2 + 1/4 C whole spelt flour
  • 1/3 C sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1/4 t cloves
  • 1/2 C cold unsalted butter or coconut oil, cut into 10 chunks
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 T cold water
  • 1 t apple cider vinegar

In your food processor  combine the flour, salt, sugar and spices.  Pulse 2 – 3 times to combine.  Add the butter and pulse until the butter pieces are pea-sized and mixed throughout the flour.  In a small bowl beat the egg yolks with the water and vinegar.  Add to the flour mixture and pulse until a ball forms.  dup the dough onto a well floured surface and knead 2 – 3 times.  Shape it into a square flat lump that is about an inch thick.  Wrap in plastic wrap and put it into the fridge.

Topping

  • 10 Cups mixed cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 6 large apples)
  • 1/2 C sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1/3 C whole spelt flour
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 C quick cooking oats
  • 2/3 C sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1/2 C whole spelt flour
  • 1/2 C cold butter or coconut oil

In a large bowl toss the apples with 1/2 C sugar, 1/3 C flour and cinnamon.  Set a side.

In a small bowl combine oats, 2/3 C sugar, 1/2 C flour and 1/2 C butter and mix with your fingers until the butter is spread throughout the mix and large crumbs form.

Preheat the oven to 375 deg.  Line a 9×11 bar pan with parchment paper.  Bring out your dough and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is the same size & shape as the bar pan.    Fold the pastry in four and gently place the dough in the pan.  Unfold and using your fingers spread the dough to fill the pan.

Spread the apples on the dough.  Make sure every inch of dough is covered before doing a second layer.  Try to make sure the apples are spread evenly across the dough.  Sprinkle the oat topping across the top of the apples.

Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.  Let cool completely before cutting.  Cut into squares.  The first piece out of the pan may be a ‘sacrifice’, enjoy it!

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