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Carla Hall's Gingerbread Sandwiches

sandwich
Gingerbread with Lemon and Cranberry Filling
skill level
Moderate
time
60-120min
servings
8
cost
$
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Gingerbread Sandwich Recipe: A luscious lemon cream cheese and tart cranberry orange compote form the filling of these spiced gingerbread sandwiches.
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ingredients
  • For the Gingerbread Cake:
  • 2 cups Dark Molasses
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup strong Ginger Ale
  • 4 1/2 cups Cake Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons ground Ginger
  • 4 teaspoons freshly grated Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground Allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups Sour Cream or Buttermilk
  • Cranberry Orange Compote
  • For the Lemon Cream Cheese:
  • 1 8-ounce package Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 Lemon
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  • 1
     
    For the Gingerbread Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9" loaf pan.
  • 2
    2 cups Dark Molasses
    1 cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
    1/4 cup strong Ginger Ale
    Combine molasses, butter and ginger ale in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat as soon as the mixture boils, and transfer mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer or large bowl. Allow to cool to lukewarm.
  • 3
    4 1/2 cups Cake Flour
    1/2 teaspoon Salt
    4 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
    4 teaspoons ground Ginger
    4 teaspoons freshly grated Nutmeg
    1 teaspoon ground Allspice
    1 teaspoon ground Cloves
    1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
    Sift the flour, salt, spices and baking soda together onto a large piece of parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
  • 4
    2 Eggs
    2 cups Sour Cream or Buttermilk
    Add the eggs to the molasses mixture, beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and sour cream alternately, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. 
  • 5
     
    Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Place on wire rack to cool slightly, then turn out of pan to finish cooling. 
  • 6
    1 8-ounce package Cream Cheese (softened)
    1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
    zest and juice of 1 Lemon
    For the Lemon Cream Cheese: Make the lemon cream cheese by beating together the cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and lemon juice and zest.
  • 7
    Cranberry Orange Compote 
    Slice gingerbread into 1-inch thick pieces. Spread the lemon cream cheese on one half, and spread cranberry orange compote on the other half. Sandwich together.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Strong ginger ale or ginger beer adds stronger flavor to the gingerbread.
    2. If you need to add a dark colored spice to a dry mixture, add that first to the lighter parts (like flour), so it’s easy to see when it’s all mixed properly.
    3. Lighten up this recipe by using Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream.
    4. Alternate adding the dry and wet ingredients so that the dough does not become too dry and can adequately absorb the liquid components. 
    5. Assemble the sandwich in advance so that the flavors meld together.
 
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