Laura’s Gingerbread Recipe

gingerbread-recipe

It’s gingerbread time which means the countdown to Christmas is officially on! I treated myself to the book The World of Little House a few months back while going through another nostalgia Amazon spree and  this ended up in my cart. More juvenile then I originally intended but my thoughts were a bit impaired with wine that night…anyways… I thought I would try to recreate Laura’s recipe tonight.  The biggest debate being adding the chocolate frosting or not she so loved!  “Chocolate frosting adds to the goodness.” -LIW Comment with your results or Tweet/Instagram photos of the gingerbread on your Christmas tables!

Ingredients
1 cup molasses
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup boiling water
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon each: ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
shortening to grease a 9×9 baking pan

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease the baking pan.
  2. Blend the sugar and shortening in the small bowl. Mix the molasses.
  3. Measure out a cup of boiling water in the 2-cup measuring cup and add the baking soda. Mix well.
  4. In the large bowl, sift together the flour and the spices. Add all other ingredients, mix well and pour into the greased pan.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until knife/cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Serve this warm or at room temperature.

Collins, Carolyn Strom., Christina Wyss. Eriksson, Deborah Maze, and Garth Williams. The World of Little House. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1996. Print.pg. 131

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