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GINGERBREAD(D)           USENET Cookbook           GINGERBREAD(D)

SOFT GINGER BREAD

     GINGERBREAD - Traditional gingerbread, soft and chewy

     I got this recipe from a college roommate, who got it from
     her mother.

INGREDIENTS (makes 1 pan gingerbread)
     1 cup     butter
     1 cup     white sugar
     2 tsp     baking soda (That's SODA, not POWDER)
     1 cup     water (boiling)
     1 cup     blackstrap molasses
     1 tsp     salt
     1 tsp     ginger
     1 tsp     cinnamon
     2 3/4 cups
               white flour
     2         eggs (large)
     1/4 cup   powdered sugar
     1/4 cup   diluted milk (half milk and half water)

PROCEDURE
          (1)  Preheat oven to 350 deg. F

          (2)  Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl big
               enough to hold the entire recipe.

          (3)  Dissolve the baking soda in 1 cup boiling water.
               Add that mixture, and the molasses, salt, ginger,
               cinnamon, and flour to the butter-sugar cream.
               Mix only until moistened and evenly distributed.

          (4)  Lightly beat the eggs, then add them to the bowl
               and beat the complete mixture well.

          (5)  Grease a 9x13 shallow baking pan (or a 10-inch
               round casserole dish). Pour the mixture into the
               dish. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a poked
               toothpick comes out clean.

          (6)  Mix the powdered sugar and the diluted milk
               together to form an icing, and brush on to the
               gingerbread.

NOTES
     Serve warm!  You can make a refreshing variation on this
     basic recipe by replacing 1 cup of the flour with whole-
     wheat flour, reducing the sugar to 1/2 cup and increasing
     the molasses to 1 1/4 cups

RATING
     Difficulty: easy.  Time: 20 minutes plus baking and cooling
     time.  Precision: measure the ingredients.

CONTRIBUTOR
     Loretta Guarino Reid, guarino@decwrl
     DEC Western Software Laboratory
     Palo Alto, California
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