Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gingerbread and Cream

This old fashioned treat is a staple at our house.  The children crave gingerbread and sing with excitement when they smell it's aroma wafting from the kitchen.  I can see why people across the generations have baked this molasses wonder.  It's a comfort snack that keeps us coming back. 

I found this old recipe in a cookbook from the early 70's (I love cookbooks- old or new!).   We enjoy eating this cake warm with applesauce or whipped cream.  Today I had whipped cream to use.  I am still fervently working on clearing out room in the deep freeze. 

SO without further ado, here is the recipe:

1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
3/4 cup molasses
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour

Combine the first 4 ingredients.  Cream well.

 Dissolve the soda in the cup of warm water.  Sift the dry ingredients or whisk together.  Add water and dry ingredients alternately to the molasses mixture.  Mix well after each addition.

Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.  Test for doneness with toothpick.
Serve cool or warm.

What is your favorite comfort snack?