The best gingerbread recipe
Gingerbread is a seasonal favorite with a rich cultural history. Did you know that it was first brought to Europe in 992 by a monk? In medieval England, gingerbread was even thought to have medicinal properties (likely owing to its inclusion of molasses and ginger as key ingredients; both of which are said to have beneficial qualities for health).
Today, gingerbread is a key tourist draw to towns such as Market Drayton (Shropshire, UK); famous for making the spicy treat. Market Drayton even features gingerbread on its town welcome sign.
Best of all, gingerbread is extremely easy to make! Here’s a great recipe to bring this holiday treat into your home.
- 1 9-inch square cake pan
- Large bowl
- Medium bowl
- Flour sifter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup molasses
- 2 1/2 cup 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
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is warming, grease the cake pan with butter and lightly dust it with flour.
2) In the bowl, cream together sugar and butter with whisk. Once this has formed an even consistency, beat in the single egg. Beat again until an even consistency has been achieved. Mix in the molasses. Set the wet ingredients aside.
3) In the second bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves). Carefully fold this (bit by bit) into the creamed wet ingredient mixture until the batter has once again reached an even consistency. Stir in the hot water to thin the mixture slightly then pour the entire thing into the prepared pan.
4) Bake for one hour in the preheated oven. To test if this is finished baking, insert a knife or a toothpick into the center of the cake. Cake is done cooking when the knife comes out clean. Allow the gingerbread to cool in the pan before serving.
Enjoy your gingerbread cake with butter or whipped cream on top. You might even sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar for a little extra spicy sweetness! Served with eggnog, the spiciness of the gingerbread cuts the thick creaminess of the beverage (which makes them perfect companions for your holiday teatime).