This is Day Ten in a 10 day series featuring homemade gifts. Click here to start reading at the beginning of the series.
Since this is our final post in our series, we are going to go out with a bang!
We are going to share with you our family’s favorite and only gingerbread recipe. Our grandmother found the recipe at a library in Cleveland, Ohio, and she shared it with our mother, who is now passing it down to us. Our grandpa loves this rich, nut and fruit-filled loaf; he would probably eat it constantly, except that he only gets it when Mom bakes it for him!
Below are some step-by-step instructions and the recipe.
Sift the flour, soda, and spices into a large bowl.
Add raisins, dates and walnuts.
In a large pan, combine butter, sugar and molasses. Bring to a boil.
and pour the boiling molasses mixture over them.
Pour into the dry ingredients.
And then divide evenly into three large greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. (If you are giving gingerbread as a gift, you can put the batter into seven small loaf pans. They look so cute!)
For your enjoyment, here is the recipe:
6 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 1/8 cups granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking soda
2 cups light molasses
4 tsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. cloves
1 3/4 cups raisins
4 heaped tsp. ginger
1 3/4 cups dates
2 cups butter
2 cups walnuts
Sift the flour, soda, and spices into a large bowl. Add raisins, dates, and nuts to the flour mixture. Put the butter, sugar and molasses into a medium saucepan and bring to boil. Beat eggs and pour the boiling molasses mixture over them, stirring vigorously. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and beat thoroughly. Put into three large greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
We’ve really enjoyed writing this ten-day series of home-made gifts! We hope to be posting a couple times each week from now until our next series begin. We’ll let you know when that will be.
Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!
~ Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle
Check out Day Ten in a 10 Day series by one of our blogging friends Skirt Fixation.