Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tasty Tuesday-Sevenstar Gingerbread

Gingerbread conjures up images of home and good 'ole fashioned homecooking.  The recipe has been around for hundreds of years and in The Revenant by Sonia Gensler, Willie uses the comfort food to soothe the nerves of her friends and herself after an encounter with the supernatural.  This cake-like recipe will soon become a family favorite.

Plantation Gingerbread

2 ½ c. flour
1 t baking soda
1 ½ t ginger
1 t cinnamon
½ t nutmeg
¼ t salt
1 c butter, softened
¾ c sugar
3 eggs
1 c molasses
¾ c hot water
Freshly sliced peaches (optional)
Sweet whipped cream*

Preheat oven to 375’ and spray a 9x13” pan. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spices-set aside. In a large bowl, on high speed, beat butter, sugar, and eggs. At low speed, beat in molasses and water. Add the flour mixture, beating just until smooth. Turn batter into the pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the edges of the pan. Cool partially (in the pan) on a rack. Cut while still warm. Serve with freshly sliced peaches and whipped cream. Serves 12.

*Beat 1 pint of whipping cream with ¼ c powdered sugar and 1 t vanilla until soft peaks form

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