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?
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.
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.