Molasses Squares

For most of my life, I did not much care for the flavour of molasses. When I first tasted the syrup as a child, I had expected, flavourless, sugary bliss (like liquid sugar). What I got was, well… molasses. I guess that first impression stuck with me, because afterwards I only used it when absolutely necessary (gingerbread), and avoided recipes if they called for it.

Something changed when I became vegan. Perhaps it was the perceived limitations of the diet, but I opened up to trying all sorts of foods I had once shunned. Amongst those foods was molasses. What I had once considered pungent and bitter, I now found pleasantly  sweet and richly flavoured. Suddenly, I wanted to put it into everything. How could I have been so blind?

These squares really showcase molasses and would pair up beautifully with coffee or a strong tea.

 

Are there any foods that you disliked as a child, but now love as an adult?

 

 

 

 

Molasses Squares

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/8 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Cloves

1/8 tsp Nutmeg

1/8 tsp Allspice

1/4 cup Margarine

1/2 cup Molasses

1 tbsp Ground Flaxseed

1/4 cup Raisins

1/4 cup Walnuts

 

Pre-heat oven to 350°F and prepare an 8 x 8 inch pan.

Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. Set aside.

Beat together the margarine, molasses, and flaxseed. Mix in raisins and nuts. Blend in flour mixture.

Spread evenly into pan (I found it easiest to pat it down with damp fingers), and bake for 25 minutes.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to rack. Allow to cool completely, before frosting (see recipe below) and cutting into 25 squares.

Store tightly covered in refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.

 

 

Molasses Frosting

3 tbsp Margarine

2 tbsp Molasses

1 cup Icing Sugar

Beat the margarine and molasses together. Add sugar (sift first if lumpy) and beat until creamy.

 

9 thoughts on “Molasses Squares

  1. Tiffany

    I love molasses! When I was a child I loved those Halloween kisses candies that have molasses in them. Things I disliked? All vegetables, anything whole wheat, healthy and sugarless. I ate a lot of crap when I was a kid. Now, I dislike those unhealthy foods and appreciate the taste of real food, so it’s all good!

    Your recipe looks yummy! 🙂

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  2. Mihl

    Molasses is really hard to find in Germany. Last year I bought a jar at a health food store. Well, it tasted like iron to me 😉 I got the blackstrap kind, maybe I should ahve started with a milder variety? I haven’t made anything with molasses yet, so I am very curious to try this recipe!

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    1. Starr

      It amazes me how the availability of ingredients differs from country to country… I’m curious, if molasses is hard to find, what do people use in their Lebkuchen? I thought molasses was an ingredient in that.
      Blackstrap molasses is high in iron, so it’s not surprising that’s what it tasted like. And yes, most people do prefer the milder flavour of “fancy” molasses (at least that’s what it is called here).

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