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    55 mins

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    45 mins

    Sharlene~W's Note:

    Laura Ingalls Wilder's recipe from the Little House on the Prairie cookbook. She wrote in her original recipe, "chocolate frosting adds to the goodness." My children and I agree! This recipe works well with or without the eggs. I tried it both ways--with the eggs gives you a more cake-like texture, without eggs is slightly denser. The results are so similar it was difficult to tell one from the other--wonderful either way!

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. 2
      Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking pan.
    3. 3
      Blend sugar and shortening in a small bowl; stir in the molasses.
    4. 4
      Measure 1 cup of boiling water in a 2-cup measuring cup.
    5. 5
      Add the baking soda and mix well.
    6. 6
      In a large bowl, sift together the flour and the spices.
    7. 7
      Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
    8. 8
      Pour into prepared pan.
    9. 9
      Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until cake is done.
    10. 10
      Serve warm or at room temperature.
    11. 11
      Gingerbread is delicious with applesauce, lemon sauce or whipped cream.
    12. 12
      Laura herself liked to add chocolate frosting!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 30, 2002


      Absolutely scrumptious!!! I have finally found the ultimate gingerbread recipe!!! I must add... I have made this about 5 times now. I tried the choc. frosting last night--I couldn't believe how DELICIOUS it was!!!! It enhances the ginger & is positively scrumptious!!

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    • on November 21, 2003


      Very good ginger bread, I would add a bit more of the spices but i like mine a bit spicier.

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    • on December 19, 2007


      I believe the cloves overpowered the flavor.

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    Nutritional Facts for Laura's Gingerbread

    Serving Size: 1 (87 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 265.9
    Calories from Fat 66
    Total Fat 7.3 g
    Saturated Fat 1.8 g
    Cholesterol 26.4 mg
    Sodium 253.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 47.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 25.0 g
    Protein 3.2 g

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