Sure, you can buy a packaged mix, and your gingerbread is just OK and has all those processed ingredients and preservatives. Or, you can make it yourself – it is easy, a lot of fun, and the results are SO much better than packaged. Gingerbread is especially good with French vanilla ice cream on top, or Creme Chantilly. Original gingerbread recipe came from Africa!
Old Fashioned Gingerbread
This is fun to make with children, because of the chemical reaction when you add the molasses, water and soda. It also tastes delicious!
3 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed in tight
1 cup blackstrap molasses
1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9 x 13 pan.
Sift together flour, cinnamon and cloves, add ginger and mix all together.
Cream butter and brown sugar in a separate bowl.
Stir molasses and boiling water in a large bowl, add in baking soda (this is the fun part, and the mixture gets all fizzy!)
Add flour and molasses mixture to butter mixture, mixing until all is smooth, then add eggs, and continue beating.
Pour batter into pan and cook 55 – 65 minutes – the smell will drive you crazy, it smells so good when it starts cooking.
Cool on a rack 10 minutes, then cut gingerbread while still soft.
Serve with whipped cream and a glass of milk. Yummmm.