Friday, August 22, 2008

Foodie Friday

Something that many of you do not know is that I am a HUGE fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It all started the same way it has for many other fans, her "Little House" books. I have many of her books. I even have a few cookbooks that feature her recipes. My favorite is "Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook". Even last year for our homeschool we bought the "Prairie Primer" as curriculum and went through about 4 of her books. I may get it out again this year and do it again. Anyway, as I get older something I really enjoy are the recipes she use to make. One that she is very well known for is her gingerbread recipe, which I have posted below. Each year when it snows for the first time the kids and I make this gingerbread. Its a tradition that I have started with them, let me tell you last year we made it in October! It is so moist, unlike many gingerbread recipes I've tried in the past. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

1 cup brown sugar blended with 1/2 cup lard or other shortening.

1 cup molasses mixed well with this.

2 teaspoons baking soda in 1 cup boiling water (Be sure cup is full of water after foam is run off into cake mixture).

Mix all well.

To 3 cups of flour have added one teaspoon each of the following spices: ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves; and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sift all into cake mixture and mix well.

Add lastly 2 well-beaten eggs.

The mixture should be quite thin.

Bake in a moderate oven (I set my oven for 350) for thirty minutes.

Raisins and, or, candied fruit may be added and a chocolate frosting adds to the goodness.


Extraordinary Ordinary Life said...

I would love that book. I am going to have to get one!

Sandra said...

I collect cookbooks and this one is definitely one I would love, I'll have to find it :)

Thanks for the recipe, sounds so good.

Paula said...

I LOVE that book! I checked it out from the library. I think my favorite recipe in the book is her recipe for lemonade. I never ever would have thought of using POWDERED sugar! I also liked her story of how she brought lemonade to the workers even though she was an old women, she never stopped being hospitable.

Linda said...

I came across her gingerbread the other day when I was reading. How interesting that you have actually made it.