old fashioned gingerbread

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a holiday classic, this old fashioned gingerbread is as easy as it is delicious

old fashioned gingerbread

want to know how to ruin your kids’ day? have them walk in from school and find a pan they think is brownies and inform them it is in fact gingerbread. at least that’s how you ruin my kids’ day; i happen to love gingerbread. if you love it too, then this old fashioned gingerbread is a recipe for you. 

old fashioned gingerbread

old fashioned gingerbread is pure comfort food. sweet and mildly spicy, eaten warm from the oven with powdered sugar or just a bit of freshly whipped cream, i could not think of a better snack this holiday season morning, noon, or night.

old fashioned gingerbread

with christmas now just a week away, most of  my to-do list has been taken care of. i somehow managed to get cards out this year. my gifts have all been ordered, wrapped, and shipped. the house is looking quite merry, and in between basketballs games the kids and i have been baking and candy making the last few weekends.

old fashioned gingerbread

the kids have got two more days of finals, and then as of december 21st we are on winter break. boy can we use the break. we have been running non stop these last few weeks.  i plan to do a whole lot of relaxing. movie nights with the kids, popcorn and roaring fires, more than a few peanut butter balls, and the pure comfort of this of fashioned gingerbread.

old fashioned gingerbread

old fashioned gingerbread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp butter) butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup hot water
     

Directions:

  • preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • grease an 8x8 square baking pan
  • whisk together the flour, baking soda, and spices including salt
  • in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed cream butter and sugar until light   (about 5 minutes)
  • scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg
  • add molasses, then reduce the speed to low to add the flour
  • finally add the hot water and beat until smooth (about another minute)
  • pour batter into prepared pan, and bake 35-40 minutes (a pick inserted in the center should come out clean)
  • coo in pan 15-20 minutes before cutting
  • best served warm with powdered sugar or fresh whipped cream
slightly adapted from the gourmet cookbook

old fashioned gingerbread

this gingerbread is the perfect snack for those last minute holiday guests. it can be ready start to finish in under an hour, and bakes up perfectly every time.

too good to be saved just for christmas, this old fashioned gingerbread is going to be a snack staple in my house all year long.

enjoy!

old fashioned gingerbread