Friday, April 06, 2007

Tastes Good! - Apple Gingerbread

It's a daily struggle to find foods that everyone in the house will like. That battle is so much harder when you've got kids with sensory issues around food. Both Owen and Will are low in iron and a year ago, Owen was so anemic that it prompted a personal phone call from a technician who was working on our blood samples for an Autism study.

Lisa gave me this recipe after seeing that Will enjoyed it as a snack at pre-school one morning. Owen still won't go near it (because it crumbles & makes him throw up to touch it), but Jake and Will are gobbling it up. What makes this recipe so good is that it's healthy, it's a total comfort food and it has a great boost of iron from the molasses. It also makes your kitchen smell nice while you're baking it....

Apple Gingerbread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180C)
13- by 9-inch (3.5L) baking pan, greased

2 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat) 500mL
1/4 cup granulated sugar (I used raw) 50mL
2 tsp baking powder 10mL
1 tsp baking soda 5mL
1 tsp ground ginger 5mL
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2mL
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 2mL
1/2 tsp salt 2mL
1/2 cup butter or margarine 125mL
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses 125mL
1/3 cup 2% milk 75mL
1 medium apple, peeled and grated

1. In a bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together butter, eggs and molasses. Stir in dry ingredients, a little at a time, alternating with small additions of milk. Fold in apples. Pour into a prepared baking pan.

3. Bake in oven for 35 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before cutting into 15 pieces.

Kitchen Tip: Serve with applesauce, sweetened whipped cream or Caramel Sauce.

Nutritional Info: Energy Protein Carb Fat Calcium Iron
Per Piece: 173Kcal 2.9g 23.7g 7.6g 12% CDV 27% CDV


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