Monday, December 10, 2007

Elsie's Gingerbread

This was a way yummy cake. All three of my boys loved it, so much so that we've made this two times so far this season. I found this in a newspaper insert from our local newspaper.

cooking spray
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 egg
3 tablespoons molasses
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat bottom only of a 9 inch square pan or 9 inch tube pan with cooking spray.

Combine flour, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and shortening to make a crumbly mixture. Scoop out 1/4 cup and set aside.

Add egg and molasses to flour mixture and stir. Combine buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; stir well (and there will still be a few lumps). Pour into prepared pan; sprinkle reserved flour mixture evenly over top.

Bake about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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  1. I made this yesterday for my birthday cake and it turned out so well. Here are the substitutions I made because I didn't have all the ingredients: 1) used lard instead of vegetable shortening 2) instead of molasses, I used raw honey 3) instead of buttermilk, I put 1T of Bragg's vinegar into 1 c. of milk and let it sit 10 minutes 4) didn't have ginger so used extra cinnamon and nutmeg 5) used butter instead of cooking spray 6) used thick raw farm cream beaten with sugar for the topping YUM!

  2. Happy Birthday!! I'm glad you liked the cake. Your subsitutions were great.


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