Happy Holidays Everyone!
It seems life and commitments to family and work have kept me from posting my recipes.
It has made me sad.
Just want you to know that I think about you and appreciate your patience while I try to juggle all things while messing up most of the time.
But, it is the holidays.
Time to be thankful!
And, I am thankful for you for taking time out of your busy day to read my little blog that has grown a few cobwebs as of late.
So, here’s to taking my kitchen broom to those cobwebs and start posting some recipes.
Shall we? : )
Here is my first one!
Good Old Fashion Gingerbread.
Gingerbread is just a classic dessert or gift to make during the holidays. The fragrance of spices baking together in the oven with the brown sugar and molasses just make your kitchen smell like the holidays. Add a touch of whipped cream, or in my case cool whip and a sprinkling of powdered sugar and you are good to go. You can change up the spices a bit to your liking, and I have cut down on the nutmeg and added a touch of salt to this recipe. Other than that, this recipe is family approved.
So lets get going!
This is what you will need to make this recipe.
You will need some flour, brown sugar, molasses or sorghum, eggs, oil, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves and salt and nutmeg which I forgot to put in the picture. Oh and water : )
First thing you will do is add the two eggs to the mixing bowl and beat up a little bit.
Now add in your brown sugar and mix until combined with the eggs.
Now add in your oil and slowly mix with the brown sugar mixture or you will have a big mess….how would I know that LOL
Now, add in your molasses or sorghum and mix in.
In a medium bowl add in your flour.
Add in all your seasoning, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and baking soda and mix together.
Add in the flour mixture into the brown sugar mixture and combine. This will be thick.
Lastly add in one cup of boil water. Can you see the steam. Add this in slowly also, and mix until it is all incorporated.
Now, pour into your baking containers. This recipe is enough to fill a 9 by 13 pan. I have opted to bake a 8 by 8 and a round paper pan because I was testing out the paper pans to bake the gingerbread in as gifts to give away. It would great by the way!
Here is a picture of the 8 by 8 pan and the round paper baking pan. Now pop the gingerbread in a preheated 350 degree oven for the 9 by 13 size pan. I baked mine at 325 for the paper pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the gingerbread springs back slightly in the middle. Do not over bake.
Here is what it should look like coming out of the oven. Just starting to crack a bit on top and the middle is cooked.
Doesn’t it look delicious?
It smells good too…. : )
Here is the recipe!
Old Fashion Gingerbread
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup oil
2 1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup boiling water
Optional: cool whip or sweeten whipped cream and/or powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 by 13 pan
Put the eggs in a mixing bowl and beat the eggs with the electric mixer.
Add the brown sugar to the beaten and eggs and combine.
Add in the molasses to the brown sugar mixture and combine thoroughly.
Slowly mix in the oil to the brown sugar mixture.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
Add the flour mixture to the brown sugar mixture. Combine.
Pour in the hot water a little at time and mix together with the electric mixer.
Pour the batter into the greased and flour baking pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top barely cracks and the center is cooked.
Dust with powdered sugar if you want. Now, just wait a couple of minutes and watch it start to disappear.