Get ready folks, Christmas is just around the corner and the ghost of Christmas recipe past is rattling it’s chains!
Are you really thinking of going Scrooge on your family? Have you already bought some old dried up prefabricated dessert from your local Piggly Wiggly? Is this what you really want to serve to your family this Christmas? No? Then read on!
Now this is a dessert fit for your family this Holiday Season!
Real, honest to goodness post Civil War era old time Ginger bread with Lemon sauce poured over it. It’s a forgotten dessert in many homes but one that once you taste this desert, will reappear year after year on your Holiday table. Why it’s so good, you’ll start your own Holiday tradition.
This recipe is posted verbatim from a very old cookbook I own and shelve in my collectors case. The recipe is pretty simple to follow. I put modern equivalents in parenthesis ( ).
Recipe Ingredients-cake (Recipe’s were actually called cooking or baking receipts then, not recipes)
1/2 cup of purified baking lard. Do not use frying lard. (vegetable shortening works great)
1 cup of white sugar (Granulated)
1/2 cup of Sorghum (Mollassas)
1 cup of boiling Water
2 Lg. cups of sifted Wheat Flour (All purpose will do just fine)
2 teaspoons of Saleratus (Baking soda)
1 teaspoon of fine ground up Ginger
1 teaspoon of fine ground up Cinnamon
1 teaspoon of fine ground up Nutmeg
pinch of salt (1/8th teaspoon, some say 1/16th but I use 1/8th. Amount thumb and index finger could pinch)
Cream 1/2 cup of Lard (Shortening) and 1 c. of Sugar, add 2 well beaten Eggs. Add 1/2 c. Sorghum (molasses) and 1 c. boiling Water. Add after sifting together, 2 Lg. c. Flour, 2 tsp. Saleratus (baking soda), 1 tsp Ginger, 1 tsp Cinnamon, 1 tsp Nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Pour the mix into a rectangular (9×13) baking tin. Bake in slow to moderate oven ( 300 degrees) for 20 to 30 minutes. Check with broom stick straw (toothpick works and I’m sure it’s cleaner) in center for doneness after 20 minutes.
Ingredients- Lemon Sauce
Mix 1/2 c. sugar and 1 Tbl. corn starch or ( 2 Tbl. flour) and a pinch of salt. Add 1 c. of boiling water gradually. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add 2 Tbl. butter and 2 Tbl. of squeezed lemon juice. Stir and pour hot over Gingerbread cake and serve.
This old recipe will make a great treat dessert for your family and it beats the heck out making a Fruit cake!
PS. Save this recipe to hand down to your kids. It’s been handed down since before the turn of the last Century so keep it going!