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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

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6 to 8 servings
Fay Linden First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist
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Have you ever wondered how to make gingerbread? The joy of old-fashioned gingerbread during the holiday season is unparalleled, evoking a sense of nostalgia and warmth. The aroma of freshly baked gingerbread wafting through the house brings memories of togetherness and tradition. The spicy sweetness of ginger, cinnamon, and molasses creates a symphony of flavors that tingles the taste buds, making every bite a heavenly delight. 

Sharing these delectable treats satisfies the palate and spreads happiness, making the holiday season truly magical. The timeless charm of old-fashioned gingerbread embodies the essence of festive cheer, making it a cherished holiday tradition for generations.

This is an authentic, hundred-year-old recipe that is wonderful, especially when served warm with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream or sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.

Learn how to make old-fashioned gingerbread people.

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup molasses
Confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat for 1 minute. Combine the buttermilk and soda and set aside. 
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour with the spices. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, blending well but not beating. 
  4. Stir in the buttermilk, then the molasses. Pour into the pan.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. 
  6. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.
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