Grandma’s Recipe of the Month: Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

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Since this is a family-themed blog, I have decided to add a new feature in 2011. Every month or so, I will feature a family recipe from my vast collection of recipes from my mother and her sister, both grandmothers and one great-grandmother. When my mother died in 2007, I inherited her recipe box, a treasure trove of wonderful family recipes.

This recipe for old-fashioned gingerbread comes from my maternal grandmother, Louise Norcross Coleman, whose photo is featured in my title.

Since my Meyer lemons are slowly ripening, I have also added a link to my lemon curd recipe. Gingerbread and lemon curd are an unbeatable combo!

Yields 8 pieces

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 half cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup boiling water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Butter a nine inch square baking dish.

3. Using a mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar. Beat in the egg.

4. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, soda and spices.

5. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture.

6. Add the molasses and beat on low speed.

7. Pour in the boiling water and mix well with a hand spatula.

8. Turn batter into greased baking dish. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean and cake springs back when gently touched.

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13 Responses to Grandma’s Recipe of the Month: Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

  1. Mrs. Larkin January 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm #


    • lizthechef January 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

      Thanks for your visit, Liz – miss your blog…

  2. Chez Suzanne January 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Yum!! I’m going to make both the gingerbread and lemon curd – hopefully over the weekend. I love gingerbread but have never tried it with lemon curd – it sounds like a perfect combo! Today I’m finally getting around to making gnocchi.

    • lizthechef January 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

      Do you have a blog, Susan? In any event, please post your gnocchi, just about my favorite pasta!

      • Chez Suzanne January 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

        Not yet. But once I get a couple things off my desk, it’s next thing to launch! I’ll post it for you though, assuming it all works out….

  3. My Communal Table January 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    This looks great. I wish I had some right now. I will be making gingerbread this weekend. Does it freeze well?

    • lizthechef January 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

      I froze some but have yet to defrost – usually, cake dries out a bit for me with my quirky fridge/freezer.

  4. TasteFood January 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    I am on a continual hunt for a decadent gingerbread. This sounds like it may be the one I’ve been searching for!

    • lizthechef January 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

      The next time I make my grandmother’s recipe, I’m going to add yet another teaspoon of ginger plus a handful of crystallized ginger – I’m a big fan of ginger.

  5. Velva January 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    You are right! Lemon curd and gingerbread make a wonderful flavor combination. This looks fabulous!


    • lizthechef January 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

      Thanks – I’m shamed to tell you how quickly the dessert disappeared!

  6. Jennifer MacLaggan January 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Your blog is great…and i am going to make this gingerbread witht lemon curd straight away. It reminds me of my grandmother who was from London, and was crazy..but in a good way:)
    Anyway, keep up the good work, and I will see you at yoga.

    • lizthechef January 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      Thanks for your visit, Jen – see you at the Little Italy Farmers Market Saturday 😉

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