Gingerbread Pie

What is better than a good book, a cup of coffee, and hot out of the oven, soft gingerbread man on a cold winter's day?
How about... nothing.
But you know what is close, I mean really close and much less messy and time consuming? Gingerbread pie!
It has all of the taste and spice of normal gingerbread, but none of dough setting, rolling, and cutting, of the normal gingerbread. Just mix, pour, and bake!
This pie turned out so much better than I had hoped, and it was a big hit with my family. One thing that I do not particularly like about gingerbread men is that they can get rock hard, and the raw cookie dough loving part of me resents that. (Don't tell my mother.) But this pie is a mix between a soft gingerbread cookie and a blondie. It is just soft enough to be considered a pie filling while not gooey and melty. This time I made it, I also made a lemon curd to go on top of it, because my family is a little obsessed with the gingerbread-lemon combination, but the next time I bake this pie, I will more than likely nix the lemon curd (did I really just say that?) and add some white chocolate chips into the filling and a chocolate ganache on top. 


Don't you just love Christmas time? Everyone seems to take a little effort to be a little nicer, smile a little brighter, and show others the love of Jesus.
My family and I went to the Queen Street Christmas Cantata Sunday night, and it was absolutely beautiful. (Insert very informal shout out to Jacob Mewborn--my extremely talented cousin/music minister at Queen Street--here.)


It was absolutely beautiful; that sanctuary was filled to the brim with so much praise being lifted to our Creator that it almost brought me to tears. am really learning to appreciate the arts, and how music can be used for the glory of God. He made it, why not praise Him with it?


If the parties and the presents and the hurriedness of the season gets overwhelming, try to take a moment and remember why we are celebrating. It is all about the incomparable, highly undeserved gift that God gave us in sending His own Son, the sinless, glorious King of the Universe, to be made a dirty, lowly, vulnerable human just for us. Just for us. God loved us that much. He sacrificed His own Son for a relationship with you and me. Remember that this Christmas, because that is why we celebrate.  



Gingerbread Pie

Time cook: 45 minutes
Serves: 8


Ingredients:

CRUST:
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp. cinnamon

FILLING:
1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
1 egg
6 Tbs. molasses (a little more than 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup milk
1 cup white chocolate chips** (Not pictured. Optional but highly recommended.)


**If you are not a fan of white chocolate, dark or milk chocolate would work fine here. Butterscotch or cinnamon chips would work really well too!

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350F and grease a 9 inch pie pan.

FOR THE CRUST:
2. Combine the salt, cinnamon, sugar, and softened butter, mix until fluffy.

3. Mix in the flour until completely combined, mixture should be thick.

4. Scrape mixture into prepared pie pan. Grease your fingers lightly, and pat the crust into the pan.

5. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes.

FOR THE FILLING:
6. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients (the first 6 ingredients in the filling category).

7. In another bowl, combine the butter, egg, molasses, and milk; stir until well combined.

8. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter/egg/molasses mixture. Stir until just combined.

9. Add chocolate chips.

10. Bake in a 350F oven for about 20-30 minutes until the center is set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. *Do not overbake!*

 
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