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Nova Scotia Gingerbread with Apples

NS Gingerbread apples

From the Strive for Five at School! Resources

Preheat oven to 350°F Yield: 15
1 – 9” x 13” baking pan Portion: 1 piece
Cost per serving: $0.85

3 lbs (1.5 kg) ready-sliced apples
2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tbsp (15 mL) brown sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour, sifted
3 tbsp (45 mL) flax flour or flax meal
2/3 cup (150 mL) whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) white granulated sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
1/3 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
1/3 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon, ground
2 tsp (10 mL) ginger, ground
1/3 tsp (2 mL ) salt
3 tbsp (45 mL) non-hydrogenated margarine
1/3 cup (75 mL) skim milk
1 egg
1/3 cup (75 mL) molasses
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
2 tbsp (30 mL) white granulated sugar

1 Place the apples in a bowl. Sprinkle the lemon juice evenly over the apples. Sprinkle 1 tbsp (15 mL) of all-purpose flour and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of brown sugar evenly over the apples. Put the apples in the pan.
2 Sift together the 3 flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a bowl.
3 Cut the margarine into the dry ingredients.
4 Mix the milk, egg, molasses, and vanilla extract together. Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in the liquid ingredients. Stir until all the dry ingredients have been moistened.
5 Dollop the gingerbread mixture in 1 tbsp (15-mL) amounts over the apples. There should be 15 dollops.
6 Sprinkle the remaining 2 tbsp (30 mL) of white sugar over the pan.
7 Bake for about 35–40 minutes, until the batter is golden and the apples are soft.

Tip: This recipe is a modified version of traditional Nova Scotia molasses gingerbread. Readysliced apples shorten the preparation time. The gingerbread ingredients are mixed
according to the muffin method: Mix the dry ingredients, cut in the margarine and mix the liquid ingredients and stir them into the dry ingredients. For a muffin version,
distribute the apples among 15 greased muffin cups and top each one with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the gingerbread mixture. Decrease the baking time to 25 minutes.

Did You Know?


  • are members of the rose family? Apple trees have blossoms before they bear fruit. Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually fade to white.
  • are grown in more than 7,500 different varieties worldwide?
  • are grown in the Annapolis Valley! We are lucky to be able to enjoy Cortland, Empire, Gala, Golden Delicious, Golden Russet, Gravenstein, Honeycrisp, Idared, Jonagold, McIntosh, Northern Spy, Paula Red, Red Delicious, and Spartan apples.
  • ripen faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.