Gingerbread

Gingerbread
Staff Writer
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Kristin Perers
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A much-loved spicy bread, gingerbread was sold at fairs and markets, and given to children as a treat. There are many references to it in old cookery books  — in fact, ground ginger was almost as popular as caraway seeds. This recipe is particularly delicious.

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9
Servings
218
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2  tablespoons  milk
  • 1/2  teaspoon  bread soda (baking soda)
  • 1  ounce  golden raisins
  • 2  ounces  ginger preserved in syrup, chopped
  • 1/2  cup  butter
  • 1/2  cup  plus 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
  • eggs, preferably free-range
  • fluid ounces molasses
  • 1 3/4  cup  flour
  • 1  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/4  ounce  raisins

Directions

Warm the milk gently with the bread soda and remove from the heat. Add the golden raisins and preserved ginger.

Cream the butter, add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one by one. Stir in the molasses and fruit mixture, then add the flour and ground ginger. Mix well.

Pour into a large loaf pan which has been lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325 degrees for 1–1 ½ hours. Cool on a wire rack. Gingerbread keeps well in an airtight tin.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
34g
26%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
75µg
11%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
29mg
3%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
33µg
8%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
20mg
6%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
66mg
9%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
405mg
27%
Water
22g
1%

Gingerbread Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Gingerbread Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.