On to the recipe - I made this cake last week, and we ate the whole thing in no time. I've had this recipe in my repertoire for about seven years now, and I always go to it for a slightly spicy, perfectly crumby fall cake. With a dollop (or two) of sweetened whipped cream on top, it is perfect. And it takes about 3 minutes to get together and in the oven. My kind of cake.
Favourite Old-Fashioned Gingerbread
(original recipe here)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup molasses
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup hot water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan (I don't think this would be quite large enough. I have an odd sized glass Pyrex dish with deep sides that does the trick.)
- In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the egg, and mix in the molasses.
- In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Blend into the creamed mixture. Stir in the hot water. Pour into the prepared pan.
- Bake 1 hour (or a bit longer) in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan before serving. YUM!
One more miscellaneous thing: if you have kids around 10 or so (or younger and curious) The Eleventh Hour is a wonderful book to keep them busy on a rainy day. I remember reading it for hours when I was a kid at my surrogate grandmother's house, and recently found a copy at Frenchy's. It's a mystery that needs to be solved using clues hidden in the fantastically detailed drawings throughout the book, and there's a sealed section at the back of the book with the answers (which we were never allowed to open as kids, and I still haven't looked at them). If you have a kid who likes that kind of thing, you should get them a copy for Christmas.