Just one more gingerbread dessert before the holidays are upon us…
No I’m not trying to make it summer by posting a light and lemony recipe (although if you think that would work then I’m all for it). Lemon has its place in the winter months as well: right next to gingerbread.
The first time I heard of this sweet + spiced + tart flavor medley I was a skeptical child. But I trusted my mom wouldn’t lie to me, and took a bite of gingerbread mini muffin glazed in sugary lemon glaze. It was a pretty memorable Christmas dessert moment. Gingerbread shot to the top of my favorite Christmas sweets list, easily surpassing sugar cookies and anything with candy cane crumbles on top (but I still love you Peppermint Cookiewiches).
I was expecting the gingerbread crust to be my favorite part of this little tart because I’m gingerbread obsessed. But I’ve gotta say the lemon pudding really blew me away. I love it when my recipes surprise even me!
Lemon Gingerbread Tartlets
Makes 5 tartlets
1 1/2 cup rolled oats, ground to flour
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
3 tbsps molasses
2-3 tbsps water
1 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
1/3 cup cane sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
3 tbsps cornstarch
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Mix together the oat flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger, and fresh ginger in a large bowl.
- Add the water tablespoon by tablespoon until the dough is clumpy and sticks together when pressed.
- Flour your tartlet pans, or line them with parchment paper. Press the dough into the pans. If you don’t have tartlet pans, you can use muffin tins instead.
- Bake the crusts for 22-24 minutes at 350F.
- For the pudding, combine 1 1/2 cups of non-dairy milk (reserving 1/4 cup), sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Stir to combine. Bring it to a boil.
- While you’re waiting, whisk the cornstarch into the remaining 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk.
- Once the pudding has come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the cornstarch slurry, whisking constantly as you do.
- Continue to cook for another 5 minutes until thick. Whisk frequently to avoid clumps.
- Divide the pudding among the crusts.
- Chill for 4 hours before serving.
What’s your favorite holiday flavor? Eggnog? Peppermint? Gingerbread? Sugary vanilla? Or…?