The gingerbread and its apple note – How childhood memories can be misleading

This used to be a torture when, as a young and well-behaved kid, you absolutely didn’t want to offend your friends’ parents, who, obviously had good intentions in hosting you for the afternoon snack. Still, when I was seeing the box on the kitchen table, it made my blood boil. How am I ever going to manage to eat the all slice up, to look happy while doing it and pretend it was very tasty, all that in the same time? Oh, bad industrial gingerbread you gave me a hard time. As soon as they would take off the plastic wrap, I would stuff you down as fast as I could not to feel how bad you tasted. And the worst thing about it, is that when you eat fast, people think you love it and insist on you having another piece.

This is called a sweet trauma and this was what a gingerbread was for me.

To make it worse,  there used to be this ridiculous bear on the package in France. He had such a silly smile and openly promised that this would taste great. What a daft liar! Well eventually, this is how I got to be suspicious of simple-minded bears.

Fortunately you don’t get to meet those kinds of animals around the corner that often and the next time I got to be faced to a gingerbread, I did not recognize it. It concealed itself under an other name… honey cake. Ok, fair enough! … but for real, that was a gingerbread!

And it tasted wonderful…

So as I was looking for recipes to make a gingerbread without butter, I stumbled upon this pretty nice blog and upon this recipe which turned out to be a real success. A few modifications later, here is the result.


The gingerbread and its apple note – 8 persons- preparation 15 minutes – baking 45 minutes: 

– 200 g flour ( 1 2/3 cup);

– 10 cl low fat milk (3,5 ounces);

– 10 cl squezzed orange juice (3,5 ounces) + 1/2 orange zest;

– 120 g honey (4/10 cup);

– 60 g brown sugar (1/3 cup);

– 1 banana;

– 1 apple;

– 2 teaspoons baking powder;

– 1 teaspoon baking soda;

– 5 cloves;

– 2 teaspoons cinammon;

– 2 seeds green cardamom

Preheat oven at 150°C

Water down the honey and the brown sugar in the orange juice and the milk. In this mixture, add the banana that you will have previously smashed as well as the orange zest. Stir well. Then blend in the flour, the powder, the baking soda and the smashed spices.

Cut the appeles into small cubes and add them to the mixture.

Pour into a loaf thin (that you will have buttered with margarine so that you can remove it easily).

Put in the oven for 45 minutes.




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