12 Days of Christmas: Gingerbread Bars

There is a bakery in my hometown that forces people to drive from hundreds of miles away to get its goodies.  “Force?” you say.  Yes!  It’s that good.  Besides the myriad of donuts, my favorite (and every other person I know) delicacy is their gingerbread men and gingerbread bars.  I don’t know what they do, but they are the chewiest, most evenly dispersed ginger yumminess ever.

Today’s recipe for Gingerbread Bars is pretty good, but it doesn’t match my hometown bakery.  On the other hand, my recipe is much healthier.  I did not make this recipe gluten-free today, but if you would like any suggestions on what flours to use, don’t hesitate to ask the Willing Cook.  I did make them free of dairy and egg.

I recently made homemade strawberry-blueberry jam and I have to say that these bars were fantastic with the jam spread on them.  I think they would also be very good with powdered sugar and a light icing.  However you choose to present them, just be sure to serve Gingerbread Bars on the Tenth Day of Christmas.

Gingerbread Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 EnerG egg replacer
  • 1 cups non-diary butter substitute
  • 1 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoons ginger root, fresh, grated
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
  • 1 teaspoons allspice, ground
  • 1 teaspoons ginger, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Mix EnerG egg replacer (3 tsp powder + 4 Tbsp water) in mixing bowl. Add softened dairy-free margarine and both sugars; mix well. Mix in vanilla and freshly grated ginger.

2. To mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and baking soda. Mix all together, until batter is thick.

3. Spread batter out on greased 9x13 pan.

4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cut and serve once the bars are cool, and place them in the refrigerator for a better ginger flavor.

Serve with fresh homemade jam or powdered sugar.

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It Came to Pass

So it came to pass this man named
Joe was with his fiancee
When her pregnancy began to show
he planned to go away
But it came to pass that in a dream
an angel of the Lord
Said, “Joseph don’t you be afraid to
marry Mary for
The little baby in her womb, it is the
Holy Spirit’s work
You may have read the prophets said
a virgin would give birth.”

 

So it came it to pass that Joseph was
the noblest of men
With a woman on a donkey on their
way to Bethlehem
And I wonder whether either was
aware enough that day
To know the child would
bring a Kingdom
and the old would come to pass away.

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