Grandma McLeod's Gingerbread
Makes about eight servings
Gingerbread isn't just for dessert. It's wonderful for lunch, split into slices and spread with cream cheese.
1/4 cup vegetable
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup molasses
1-1/2 cups white flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup boiling water
1 large egg, beaten
Whipped cream or sweet butter (optional)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Cream the shortening by mashing it with a wooden spoon against the sides of a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add the sugar and beat to mix as thoroughly as you can. Put 1/2 teaspoon of the baking soda and the molasses in a small bowl and, using either an electric or hand-held beater, beat until the molasses becomes light and fluffy, then mix this into the shortening and sugar.
Mix together thorough1y the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt on a large piece of waxed paper. Stir together the boiling water and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Gradually add about one-third of this to the shortening-molasses mixture in the bowl, then add about one-third of the dry ingredients. Continue, adding one-third of the water-and-baking-soda mixture, followed by one-third of the dry ingredients, until both have been mixed in. Now add the beaten egg and stir the batter thoroughly.
Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle a little flour over the bottom and sides, then turn the pan over and tap it lightly to get rid of any excess flour.
Pour the gingerbread batter into the pan. Bake for about 25 minutes in the middle of the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Take the pan out of the oven and cut the gingerbread into squares, then remove the squares from the pan with a spatula. Serve still warm with plenty of whipped cream, if you like that, or simply spread with sweet butter.
Knead It, Punch It, Bake It!:
The Ultimate Breadmaking Book for Parents and Kids
By Judith and Evan Jones
Illustrated by Mitra Modarressi
Houghton Mifflin Company
144 pages, Concealed Wire-o binding
Recipe reprinted by permission.
Knead It, Punch It, Bake It!
Back to the main Kids' Cookbooks page.
This page created November 1999
Search this site:
Brown-Bag Barcelona Chicken
Buttermilk Basil Dressing
Chinese "Barbecued" Pork
(A No-Flame, No-Fire Recipe)
Green Onion French Bread
Happy, Dappy, Flappy Jacks
Irma's Spiced Nuts-to-You
Mexican Fiesta Taco
or Burrito Mix
More Cooking Tips
General Mills Groceries
Save up to 30% on select General Mills breakfast, baking, snacks and boxed meals brands such as Chex, Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Fruit Roll-ups, Hamburger helper and more.
Save up to 30% on select Popchips.
Save up to 30% on select Annie's Homegrown boxed meals, snacks, cereals and dressings.
Nong Shim Noodles
Save up to 30% on select Nong Shim noodles and snacks.
Organic Valley Milk
Save up to 30% on select Organic Valley organic milk.