There are lots of orange and pecan trees here in Arizona, so this recipe is representative of our region. It's one of my favorite desserts. I'm retired and love to cook.
VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 1 cup chopped sectioned oranges (without membrane)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Confectioners' sugar and orange zest, optional
- In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Stir in molasses. Fold in oranges and pecans. Pour into greased 9-in. square baking pan.
- Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar and garnish with orange zest. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Citrus Gingerbread in Country Extra September 1996, p49