Monday, October 28, 2013

Plain Old Gingerbread

Before the days of easily finding granulated sugar there was molasses, I even have recipes for popcorn balls for Halloween made from molasses. Nothing says home on a frosty autumn morning like warm gingerbread. To quote my grandson Hank " Got cake grandma? You should! " A sliver of this soft and moist gingerbread and a tall glass of ice cold milk makes me immediately think of my own grandmother who made gingerbread often for her grandchildren. This stuff is moist and keeps forever making it the perfect treat, grandchildren or not.

The ingredients are things often produced on the farm and found in the farm cupboard. 

Simple and good can't be beat.     


2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup mild molasses
3/4 cup well shaken buttermilk
1/2 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 350 and place rack in middle of oven. Butter a 9 inch baking pan.

Whisk together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl.

Beat butter and brown sugar at medium speed until fluffy

Beat in eggs until blended.

Beat in molasses and buttermilk.

Mix flour mixture in gradually on low speed until smooth

Add hot water and beat 1 minute only!

Spread batter evenly in pan and bake 45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. 

Cool and serve.

Note***I sprinkle powdered sugar lightly over my gingerbread and serve***

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. It's in my oven, it really is. I just made it! Thank so much for the recipe. My children are looking forward to it this morning.

    1. Let me knoe how they like it! Some do not like the taste of molasses! My Baby O loves it .

    2. It was wonderful and all 4 kids gobbled it down! :)

  2. Thank you so much for the Gingerbread recipe. I am going to make it for my husbands dessert after lunch. It so reminds me of my dad. He and I used to make it when I was a little girl but I lost my recipe. I so appreciate you giving of yourself and your time to us CQ. It really means a lot to those of us that read your blog everyday. You also bring back fond memories of growing up in a much gentler time and that is priceless. Have a blessed day. Can't wait to try that gingerbread!

  3. Yum.. I may have to make myself a taste of this today too.. Its been a long long time since I've had good gingerbread.. That Hank knows a good thing!
    Have a great day!

  4. Please post your molasses popcorn ball recipe!!! My grandma who raised me used to make them on Halloween to hand out :O). We lived up in the mountains. It was not unusual then to get homemade goodies when went trick or treating! It also was not unusual for bunch of us to meet up and someones Dad or in my case Grandpa would hook up the hay trailer to the tractor and drive us around the circle as we called it.. Which was a all evening event as it was a bit of a distance LOL...I never got my Granmas molasses popcorn ball recipe and I would love to have one!

  5. I love gingerbread! I have wonderful memories of my grandma making it for me...she always put a glop of whipped cream on top. I don't make it very often because hubby doesn't care for it...and I end up eating it all! Oh well, it satisfies my craving for awhile. Yours looks yummy!

  6. This is something that I will be making tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!


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