Cooking & Recipes


Fairhaven Inn, Bath, ME


2 9-inch loaves


2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup molasses
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)


Spray the bottom of two 9-inch glass loaf pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and spices in a bowl. Measure sugar, oil, and molasses in a separate mixing bowl. Add eggs and mix until smooth.

Add flour mixture to molasses mixture alternating with the buttermilk. Mix until smooth. Stir in raisins or cranberries if desired.

Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 55 minutes. Try not to open oven door during baking, as it may cause center to fall. A toothpick inserted in center should come out clean when it’s done.


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--Never having been a gingerbread fan, I was amazed to find myself sneaking piece after piece of this amazingly dark, moist and perfectly spiced recipe. Must have made 10 batches if I made one and wowwed everyone who recieved it as a gift. Decorate with a stencil of a snowflake and confec. sugar...Perfect for the holidays!!! – Anonymous Review

--This gingerbread is moist and spicy and it doesn't last long. I've made 4 batches in the last month. – Anonymous Review

This would be very good with

This would be very good with a delicious lemon sauce. Anyone have a recipe for a lemon sauce. My mother use to make ginger bread and served it with a helping of lemon sauce poured over it.