Mendenhall Sourdough Gingerbread

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 0 mins

Last summer I enjoyed an Alaskan cruise, and we had a fabulous time at the Mendenhall Glacier. :) Alaska is also well-known for its sourdough... and brought together here is a delicious combination of sourdough and gingerbread. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the brown sugar and shortening.
  3. Then add molasses and egg, beating continuously; set aside
  4. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and blend into hot water.
  5. Then beat this mixture into creamed mixture.
  6. As the last step, add the sourdough starter slowly, mixing carefully to maintain a bubbly batter.
  7. Pour into lightly buttered and floured 8"x8" baking pan and bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until done.
  8. Best served with ice cream or whipped cream while still hot.
Most Helpful

5 5

Thanks for a great recipe! I made this for my grandmother's birthday, as gingerbread is her favorite, and she loved it, so that makes it a great recipe. I doubled this and cooked it in a 13x9 glad reusable pan, and it filled it to the top. I cooked 30 minutes at 375, then when it wasn't done I lowered the temp to 350 for another 15 minutes and it was perfect. The spices are nice, and a good molasses flavor. Very moist cake, and I'll make it again.

4 5

The recipe did not specify so I used a 9x9 inch pan that was sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. I did not have enough molasses, so I used sorghum syrup and reduced it to 1/3 cup. This made a lighter bread which allowed the other flavors to come through including the sourdough. This recipe makes a good 9 servings instead of the 4.

4 5

This is very good. It's moist and it's mild. Not a peppy spicy gingerbread but a sweet cakey one. The sourdough flavor doesn't really come through, it tastes mostly like molasses. Next time I might double the ginger and add a pinch of cloves to try and get a bit more flavor from it. Also, the pan size wasn't specified. I used my 8X8 pyrex pan that I had Pam'ed and it was a perfect size. The recipe makes way more than 4 servings like it says, I would say it's more like 8-10. I'm uploading a picture, as you can see we topped it with cool whip and it was very yummy!