Gram Danning’s Ginger Cream Slices

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Gram Danning’s Ginger Cream SlicesBy Jennifer Toley of Just Baking and The Barmy Baker blog – “Just like Grandma used to make” and I can say that because my Grandmother did indeed used to make these. There were few things better than Sundays at Gram’s when I was a kid. The best part about these days was spending time in the kitchen with my Gram. She always cooked up a storm for our once weekly dinner with her. The minute you walked in the door you knew what would be for dinner just from the smells that permeated the house and sometimes found their way outside. On certain days Gram would let me assist with little bits of preparation. I was mostly interested in helping her with desserts and she would humor me by allowing me to slowly add sugar to whipping egg whites or assist her with blending of some batters. I do not recall helping her bake the ginger creams, but I do recall snitching pieces from the pan that was left out on the counter top. Ginger creams ranked up at the top of her desserts, along with schaum torte and bread pudding with hard sauce. Of the few things that my grandmother was able to label for me before her passing was her recipe box. Just a few wonderful old note cards with her south paw writing on each one. This is the treasure that she passed on to me and I want to share a few of her beautiful delicious desserts with you. Ginger creams will always bring me back to my childhood. I hope you will enjoy them and create memories of your own with their spicy smell and taste.

(I have made a few changes and have noted them in the recipe. These bars are excellent with or without the extra ginger)

Gram Danning’s Ginger Cream Slices 2

Ingredients:

  • 1C sugar
  • 1C shortening [try Earth Balance or trans fat free Crisco]
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 C molasses
  • 1t. baking soda
  • 1C lukewarm water
  • 1t. ginger
  • 2Tbsp fresh grated (minced) ginger (this is one of the changes I have made)
  • 1/3 cup small dice crystallized ginger (this is another of the optional changes I made)
  • 1/2 t. cloves
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 3C flour
-Grease and flour a 10×16″ sheet pan (I lined my pan with parchment paper instead of buttering and flouring). Preheat oven to 350f.
-Cream shortening; add sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
-Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add molasses, blend together.
-Sift flour, measure, sift again with salt and spices. Mix soda with lukewarm water.
-Add dry ingredients alternately with liquids to the creamed mixture.
-Pour into greased and floured 10×16 inch pan.
-Bake for 20 minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed. When cool, spread with following icing. Cut into as many slices as you like (I tend to get about 40, or less if we are looking for a big hunk of ginger love).

 

Fondant Icing:
  • 2C sugar
  • 1 1/4 C milk alternative [rice, soy, etc.)
  • 1t. margarine or butter alternative
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1/8 t. salt
-Cook sugar, milk and butter to soft ball stage (232-235 degrees f). Cool
-Add vanilla and salt. Beat until creamy and of spreading consistency.

These are great with a nice dark roast coffee or herbal teas and even better when shared with loved ones. The bars do dry out fairly quickly, so it’s best to cut and keep them sealed with some plastic wrap (or individually wrappedm if they last that long).

 

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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