Gingerbread With Cream Cheese Frosting

It's time to start posting some Christmas recipes and let me tell you there is nothing like good old fashioned Gingerbread to make the house smell like Christmas. I used your typical spices for this Gingerbread but I also added a little orange zest to make the taste complete. I couldn't help myself so I didn't stop there I had to add some cream cheese frosting. The combo is ohh so good.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup applesauce (natural, which means no sugar added)
zest of one small orange

Whisk together in small bowl the first 6 ingredients and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar.

Add the egg, vanilla, applesauce, orange zest and mix until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until well combined.

Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake on 350 for 50-55 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes and turn out of glass or metal loaf pan. Cool completely before frosting.

1 tablespoon butter, soft
4 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cream butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and blend until smooth. Add vanilla and blend in completely. Frost cooled gingerbread.