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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Is that a gingerbread brownie? Looks yummy. With all the baking ladies did way back when, homes had to smell divine!ReplyDelete
We used to have gingerbread a lot when I was young. It was always a form of cake, not a cookie, and my grandmother would make a lemon sauce for it that we warmed before using.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the memories, Rita.
The scent of gingerbread always reminds me of this time of year. Thanks for sharing the info on these goodies!ReplyDelete
I love gingerbread, and just made some cookies last night. It makes the house smell wonderful. Thanks Rita.ReplyDelete
Check out my facebook page for a look at the gingerbread house my granddaughter was part of creating.ReplyDelete
Or look at this video.
My granddaughter was the Master Cookie Decorator for the project. The snowflake window is one of her creations.
I want that mold, Rita! Thanks for this post! I love gingerbread, too, like Janet and am working on recipes without any wheat.ReplyDelete
For my new novel, I wanted my main character's nickname to be "Gingersnap." I had a hard time figuring out a date on that name, but finally came up with somewhere in the very early 1800s, which worked.ReplyDelete
That top picture is mouth watering!ReplyDelete
I LOVE Gingerbread! Thank you for this recipe!!! :)ReplyDelete