Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

 Tis the season! Chilly temperatures and blazing fires need warm homemade gingerbread to complete the scene. This recipe is a guest favorite.
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tbs. sugar
1 egg
1 cup dark molasses
1 cup boiling water
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
Zest of 1/2 an orange
1 tbs. finely chopped candied ginger

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Grease and flour a 9X9 inch baking pan.
Thoroughly mix butter, egg, and sugar.
Blend in the molasses and water.
Stir the flour, soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon together.
Add the dry mixture to the liquid mixture, blend, and beat until smooth.
Add the orange zest and candied ginger.
Pour the batter in the baking pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes.
Cool slightly.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream.
Grab a cup of hot cider, light the fire, put your feet up, and savor the moment.

Birchwood Inn
Ellen Gutman Chenaux

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