Recipe by Sharlene~W
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!
Top Review by KristinB
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!!
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1 cup molasses
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon clove
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease an 9 x 13 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!