Happy New Year and Gingerbread from Yello80s!

Author Laura Ingalls Wilder used her experienc...
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder used her experiences growing up near De Smet as the basis for four of her novels. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s wishing you a sweet New Year in 2014 from Yello80s and I bestow you with the recipe to Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s famous gingerbread from the Little House Books. It’s the real deal, collected with many of her other recipes, photos and fun facts about Laura as a grownup and her daughter Rose in the book The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook by William Anderson and Leslie Kelly. If you’re a Little House fan this is a must have reference book!

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s  Gingerbread –recipe adapted by K. Rose Quayle

1 c brown sugar        120g

½ c shortening         95g

1 c molasses               240ml

2 tsp baking soda    10ml

1 c boiling water measured in a 2c or larger measuring cup     240ml

3 c flour                       360g

1 tsp each ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ground cloves   5ml each

½ tsp salt                   2.5ml

Preheat oven to 350F   176C   . Grease a 9×9”  23x23cm  baking pan. Blend the sugar and the shortening and mix in the molasses. Add the baking soda to the boiling water and mix well. Combine the flour and the spices and sift. Combine the sugar-molasses mixture with the flour mixture and the baking soda-water liquid. Mix ingredients well and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake tester inserted in the centre of the gingerbread comes out clean.

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