These dainty tea sandwiches are wonderful for a ladies' luncheon or bridal shower. Bake the bread the day before to cut down on last-minute preparation. —Joyce Brantl, Victor, New York
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3/4 cup 2% milk
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
- In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and molasses until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Combine the flour, ginger, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
- Transfer to a greased and floured 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a small bowl, combine the cheese, apricots, confectioners' sugar and orange peel.
- Cut edges off of loaf and cut into 16 slices. Spread 2 tablespoonfuls spread over each of eight bread slices; top with remaining bread. Cut each sandwich into four 1-in.-wide strips. Yield: 32 tea sandwiches.
Originally published as Ginger Loaf with Apricot-Ricotta Spread in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2011, p76
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