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!
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking pan.
- Blend sugar and shortening in a small bowl; stir in the molasses.
- Measure 1 cup of boiling water in a 2-cup measuring cup.
- Add the baking soda and mix well.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour and the spices.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until cake is done.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Gingerbread is delicious with applesauce, lemon sauce or whipped cream.
- Laura herself liked to add chocolate frosting!
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!!
Very good ginger bread, I would add a bit more of the spices but i like mine a bit spicier.
I believe the cloves overpowered the flavor.