“Run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I am the gingerbread man” this little ditty is known to children from their formative years. The charm of the story leads them to bite in to the named dessert without much coaxing then of course the taste takes over.
It has been established as a firm favorite among children. Gingerbread is ensconced in culinary history from ages and is the perfect end to a family dinner. Served plain or topped with a frosting of your choice or whipped cream it will have the family ask for seconds.
- For making gingerbread the ingredients required are 1 stick unsalted butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, ¾ cup boiling water, ¾ cup molasses, 2 ½ cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, ½ teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger, some butter and flour will be needed to flour the cake pan. You will also require a 8-inch square cake pan (you can also take a round one it that is unavailable), mixing bowls, a whisk, and wooden spoons.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour the cake tin. Let the butter sit and soften at room temperature.
Mix the flour and the baking soda to a mixing bowl. Add the salt. Add the powdered ginger.
- Keep aside. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add the eggs in one at a time and mix them well in the butter and sugar mixture. Add the molasses to the butter sugar and egg mixture. Add the boiling water to this mix.
- Add the dry ingredients mix little by little so that that they blend together, use a whisk to blend the ingredients in. Combine thoroughly. Pour the batter into the cake pan. Bake for 35 minutes.
- Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the bread. This should come out clean. Cool the bread for 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Serve warm.
Tips and Warnings
- Gather all the ingredients before you start mixing and measuring as last minute rushes cause spills and the bread may not rise if it does not go into the oven at the opportune moment.
- Be careful with the boiling water.
- Gingerbread can also be customized for your individual taste by mixing in a cup of chocolate chips in the batter before baking. Substitute buttermilk with boiling water for a richer gingerbread.
- You can also add a cup of raisins or dried cranberries for extra texture.