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Is Gingerbread Southern? Don’t think so but I know Chocolate Covered Cherries Are Southern For Our Family

I am not really that familiar with Gingerbread and just can’t recall it being a part of our family tradition when I was growing up.  I never hear it mentioned very often now so maybe it is out of style.  My Mother only made it from a mix and it had a strong molasses taste to it.  My husband, on the other hand, remembers gingerbread from his childhood and loves it.  I knew he would like for me to make it for him.  As he is diabetic, I wasn’t sure how to do that.  I researched it on the internet and discovered a recipe on the diabetic connect website.  I made a couple of changes to the recipe but I prepared it for him and he loved it.

Here is the recipe with a couple of changes that I made:

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Gingerbread

1 and 1/2 cups of flour

1/4 cup sugar ( is used 2 tablespoons of Splenda for Baking instead)

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup molasses

1 egg  ( the recipe called for two egg whites but I used the one egg slightly beaten instead)

3 tbsp. butter melted

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly coat 8 x 8 x 2 inch baking pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.  In large bowl combine the flour and next six ingredients.  Add the water, molasses, egg and butter.  Beat on low to medium speed until combined.  Beat on high speed for two minutes.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.  Remove pan.  Serve warm.  I think a dollop of whipped cream would be a great addition to this bread.  I liked the way it turned out and the flavors are mellow and blend well together.

I was very pleased to find a recipe that would work for my husband.  I like the diabetic connect website and they have lots of great information for diabetics and good recipes.  Here is the link:

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/

Another challenge for us has been finding sugar free chocolate covered cherries and we have ordered them from several places with success.  It has always been a tradition in our family to play Christmas carols and eat chocolate covered cherries as we decorate the tree.  This year I wanted to find a recipe that would be appropriate for my husband and would taste good too.  I saw a recipe by Sandra Miller on the Food Network website and I tried it yesterday.  It is super easy, tasty and can be attractive with a little practice.  My chocolate was quite as smooth as it should be but this was a practice recipe for me.  This is super easy.

Chocolate Covered Cherries

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1 jar of maraschino cherries, drained (The cherries with the stems attached would be the best option)

one half of a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (approximately 6 ounces)

Drain the maraschino cherries and then dry them off more completely with paper towels.

Melt the chocolate on the stove in a double boiler.  If you do not have a double boiler you can use a saucepan filled with water that comes to a bowl and they place a stainless steel bowl on the boiling water on the stove.  I melted mine using medium to medium low heat where it was boiling gently.

Dip the drained cherries into the melted chocolate.  My cherries did not have stems so I used  a toothpick for dipping them.  Place on waxed paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Chill for one hour.

This is super tasty and super easy.  It also eliminates the nougat that is in purchased chocolate covered cherries.  They are loaded with so much sugar and are not a good choice for a diabetic.  I know there is sugar in the cherries and chocolate chips in this recipe but my husband could eat these without spiking his sugar.

Hope you are having a great Monday and are looking forward to many fun times during this Christmas season.

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