GINGERBREAD(D)           USENET Cookbook           GINGERBREAD(D)


     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)

          (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

     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

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

     Loretta Guarino Reid, guarino@decwrl
     DEC Western Software Laboratory
     Palo Alto, California
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     Date: 9 May 86 06:15:50 GMT
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