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Ginger Loaf with Apricot-Ricotta Spread

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    32 tea sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large 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
  • SPREAD:
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Directions

  • 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 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in 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 zest.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 92 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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