Mom's favorite Christmas treat is Gingerbread, not cookies or houses, but by loaf. Grandmother use to make it every year. About 8 years ago after Grandmother had passed Mom mentioned she missed the holiday treat.
I had been blessed to inherit Grandmother's recipe collection so I went in search of grandmother's recipe in hopes of surprising Mom. I could not find Grandmother's handwritten recipe though in her collection I did find
The Brer Rabbit's New Orleans Molasses Recipes booklet copyright 1948 Penick & Ford, Ltd. Inc.
This is the recipe I have been making the last 8 years. The family loves it.
My Best Gingerbread
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Brer Rabbit Molasses
1 cup hot water
Cream together shortening and sugar. Add egg; beat well. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Combine molasses and water; add alternately with flour mixture to creamed mixture. Line 8" x 8" x 2" greased pan with greased waxed paper; pour in batter. Bake in moderate oven, 350º F., 50 - 60 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from pan.
It is very good, especially with topped with whipped cream.
I could not find Brer Rabbit Molasses at our local grocers. I do however keep blackstrap molasses on hand at all times for offering molasses water to the goats. (Goat owners will understand :-)
I have used Blackstrap as a substitute with no problems what so ever. Though do believe any molasses will work.
It's 7 degrees out this morning, a good day for baking.