Sweet As Molasses

Fall,Featured Article,In Season,Ingredient
September 27, 2011

Dark, rich syrupy molasses is a pantry must for fall and winter flavors.

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Molasses may be “slower in January,” but the fall makes us crave this thick, intensely flavored syrup. Think beyond molasses cookies—this pantry staple brings a dose of sweetness and a hint of warmth to lots of dishes, from barbecue sauce to gingerbread to baked beans.
Molasses is derived from sugar cane juice. The first boiling makes a light syrup that’s perfect for pouring over pancakes and waffles—or with the addition of live yeast and a little age—for making rum. But it’s the second boiling we love—a darker, thicker, slightly less sweet syrup with a signature flavor that’s ideal for baked goods, glazes and marinades.

Lemon-Dijon Glaze
Brush pork, chicken or lamb with a mixture of lemon juice, molasses, Dijon mustard and garlic.

Molasses-Soy Marinade
Combine molasses, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and a drizzle of sesame oil for a marinade for pork and salmon.

Molasses Cream Pie
For a quick-and-easy dessert, whisk 2 tablespoons molasses with 1/2 cup canned pumpkin pie filling and a pint of softened vanilla bean ice cream or frozen yogurt. Spoon into a cookie or graham-cracker pie crust (gingerbread would be especially tasty), refreeze and serve garnished with whipped cream and warm caramel sauce.

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Fresh Ginger and Molasses Cookies

Fresh ginger makes these spice-rich cookies truly addictive.

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Boston Baked Beans

This classic bean dish, with ham, molasses and mustard, is cooked for hours in a slow oven.

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Anadama Bread

A traditional yeast bread, flavored with molasses and just a hint of nutmeg.

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Tennessee Whiskey Cake

This moist cake features sorghum and Tennessee whiskey.

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Walnut Molasses Pie

Serve this luscious fall pie with a dollop of whipped cream or a small scoop ice cream.

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Pork Tenderloin with Mustard-Molasses Glaze

Grilled pork with a sweet, tangy glaze is a savory change of pace for a Memorial Day Grill-out.

Pumpkin Molasses Cheesecake

Pumpkin Molasses Cheesecake

A perfect dessert for your fall table, this cake stars pumpkin and molasses.

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Molasses Cookies

A thin crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside cookie.

Molasses Bread

This deliciously sweet bread can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer.

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