This past weekend was full of activities. Some productive, some not. The activities that were not, were Mark and I watching 4 episodes in a row of season two of Homeland, followed by 6 episodes Sunday, just so we could catch up in time to see the newest episode that night. We started late in the game and I think it’s safe to say we’re officially addicted to that dang series. I had dreams about it Sunday night and am at a loss of what we’re going to do once the season is over (in less than two short weeks!) I have a love/hate relationship with shows like Homeland. We get too involved. Obsessed even.
It can’t be healthy.
The same affliction happened with Lost. And then True Blood happened. Then Game of Thrones got us hooked. And now we’re Homeland addicts. What happened to us? I’ve heard Walking Dead, Mad Men and Board Walk Empire have the same effect on people. That’s why I’m staying far far away from those shows. I just can’t deal.
Now onto the part where I was actually productive this past weekend. We cleaned and organized our house, went for long walks, frolicked at the park, wrapped gifts, decorated a bit and I baked. Baked and baked and baked. This little spicy bread number is close to being an obsession, just like Homeland.
Truth be told with all of this holiday baking going on, I see more gym activity in my near future and not so much television watching. I’m talking to you too, Real Housewives.
Truth be told with all of this holiday baking going on, I see more gym activity in my near future and not so much television watching. I’m talking to you too, Real Housewives!
But this cake truly is a beauty, with an especially moist crumb and intense spice flavor that fills your house with a wonderful smell.
The perfect treat to bring with you to your office Holiday or house party. You can thank me later. :)
Gingerbread Molasses Cake Recipe
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup molasses (black-strap is great in here)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar, oil, molasses and applesauce together. Add egg and mix until well incorporated. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, sift the remaining dry ingredients together: flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt and baking soda. Gently fold dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Pour hot water in and mix until incorporated.
Pour into a lightly greased 8×8 baking pan (or equivalent) and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool before dusting with powdered sugar.
Serve on its own or with a dollop of freshly whipped cream.