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mmmmmmmmm! What a delicious bit of goodness we have here. One of my favorite, and most often used, cookbooks is the More with Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre . Although it is structured along the lines of eating more whole foods and rarely eating packaged items, this isn’t a cookbook that will make it hard for the cook! In fact, most of the recipes to be found in this book are items that are usually pretty close at hand–or easy to find. For example, I love the gingerbread recipe found on page 284.

Gingerbread with wheat germ

2 c unsifted flour
1 t baking soda
3/4 t salt
1.5 t cinnamon (or thereabouts)
1 t ginger (I’m pretty sure I used more, the box top popped open as I was sprinkling the ginger. 🙂 )
1/4 t cloves
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c wheat germ

(so far so good, right? Take a whisk and stir all the dry ingredients together. The whisk acts to sift everything together and make sure the leavening combines well with the other ingredients.)

To the dry ingredients, add:

1 c buttermilk
3/4 c molasses
1/3 c oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 t vanilla extract (I added this…can’t make a baked good without vanilla extract!)

Stir all ingredients together until batter is smooth. Pour into a well-greased cake pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes–or until cake tests done.

For your topping, scoop about 1 cup of plain yogurt into mixing bowl. Add about 1 cup prepared apples or fruit of your choice. Mix well. Serve atop individual squares of gingerbread.

Delicious and nutritious!