Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pumpkin Gingerbread w Cream Cheese Frosting

I made this on the fly yesterday while I was waiting for my husband Anthony to get home and it was fabulous.  And we're talking best-dessert-of-the-year fabulous.  I have this gingerbread recipe that I love so much but I haven't been able to make anything come close to it since going Paleo.  This finally does it some justice.  With the perfect blend of spices and some added crystallized ginger for an extra bite, this bread almost has the consistency of a brownie.  With or without the added creamy sweetness of a traditional cream cheese frosting, everyone is sure to love this little cake!

Anthony's new favorite.  Better hurry up and make it before your New Year's diet starts
1c pumpkin puree (I used Trader Joe's Organic Canned Pumpkin)
1 + 3/4c almond flour
2 large eggs
1 + 1/2tsp baking powder
1/2tsp baking soda
1tsp pure vanilla extract
1tsp ground cinnamon
1 + 1/2tsp ground ginger
1/4tsp ground cloves
1/4tsp salt
1/2c pure molasses
1/4c pure maple syrup
1/4c crystalized ginger, chopped finely

For Frosting:
1/2c butter at room temperature or softened
8oz full fat cream cheese at room temperature or softened
2tsp pure vanilla extract
2tbs heavy cream or full fat coconut milk
3c confectioners sugar
1/2c toasted chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 350F.  Line an 8x8" baking pan with nonstick foil or parchment and butter it.  Set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, boil molasses and maple syrup.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.
3. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.  Pour in molasses mixture and mix well.
4. Make sure it's not too hot (you don't want to cook the egg) then add 2 eggs and beat by hand until well incorporated.  Stir in crystallized ginger.
5. Pour evenly into the prepared pan and bake at the center of a preheated oven for about 25-35 mintues or until it looks similar to a cooked brownie... more firm on the outside and firm but softer in the center.  A toothpick should come out clean and the center shouldn't be too wet.  Cut it a bit with a knife if you have to... this doesn't cook like a cake but more like a brownie.
6. Cool completely before frosting.
7. To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer.  Add vanilla and cream and beat again.  Finally, beat in sugar until combined then turn to high and beat until smooth and creamy.
8. Spread evenly over the cake with a knife or a spatula and sprinkle with walnuts if desired.  Serve at room temp or chilled.  Enjoy!

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