Gingerbread was a popular Colonial treat and a favorite at Christmastime with Colonist in America. They decorated their homes with gingerbread, and women baked from family recipes handed down the generations from European ancestors.
Gingerbread goes back centuries, and stuck with American cookery down the generations. Can you imagine the aroma as it baked in a cast iron pans inside huge hearth ovens?
Check out this beautiful Colonial Gingerbread mold sold on Ebay.
Cindy at Country Christmas Blog has these beautiful gingerbread designs with her recipe.
Here's a traditional colonial recipe from the Colonial Williamsburg website. http://www.history.org/almanack/life/christmas/din_recipe.cfm
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup melted margarine
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup unsulfered molasses
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
- 4 cups stone-ground or unbleached flour, unsifted
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