Gingerbread

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Gingerbread
gingerbread
Kristin Perers

gingerbread

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
355
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
  • 2 eggs, preferably free-range
  • 8 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
18%
Sugar
39g
N/A
Saturated Fat
7g
35%
Cholesterol
63mg
21%
Protein
4g
8%
Carbs
60g
20%
Vitamin A
103µg
11%
Vitamin B12
0.1µg
2%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
15.3%
Vitamin C
0.4mg
0.7%
Vitamin D
0.4µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.4mg
2.2%
Vitamin K
1µg
1%
Calcium
103mg
10%
Fiber
1g
3.9%
Folate (food)
12µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
12µg
3%
Iron
2mg
14%
Magnesium
103mg
26%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.8mg
3.9%
Phosphorus
70mg
10%
Polyunsaturated
0.7g
N/A
Potassium
665mg
19%
Sodium
35mg
1%
Sugars, added
37g
N/A
Trans
0.4g
N/A
Zinc
0.5mg
3.1%

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