Gingerbread by whistler's mother

Yield: 2 Servings

Measure Ingredient
8 cups Flour
4 teaspoons Ground ginger
4 teaspoons Baking powder
2½ cup Molasses
2 cups Butter
2 cups Sugar
6 Eggs
1¼ cup Milk or buttermilk

This is a dark brown gingerbread loaf with a close texture, light and with a good flavor. It can be served plain or spread with butter. Mrs.

Whistler's original recipe reads: "6 eggs a pound of sugar a pint of Molasses made luke warm, with a pound of butter melted, ginger to your taste add flour untill the mixture is a stiff batter and three teaspoons of dissolved pearlash, and ½ pint of milk or Buttermilk." Note: "Buttermilk" here was not the fermented kind similar to yogurt that is sold today but the refreshing, slightly salty liquid left in the churn after butter was made. It would have made a slightly lighter cake than one made with milk.

From "Whistler's Mother's Cook Book" by Margaret F. MacDonald (Pomegranate Artbooks, $10.95). This recipe can be halved or baked in 1-pound pans. If 1-pound pans are used, reduce baking time at 340 degrees to 25 minutes and reduce baking time at 300 degrees to about 50 minutes.

Sift the flour into a bowl with the ginger and baking powder and make a well in the center. Put the molasses, butter and sugar into a saucepan and melt them together on low heat. Whisk the eggs and milk or buttermilk together. Beat them into the flour alternately with the warm molasses mixture. Preheat the oven to 340 degrees.

Divide the mixture between two buttered 2-pound loaf tins and bake the cakes for 30 minutes. Turn the heat down to 300 degrees and continue baking for 1 hour. Cool the cakes for 30 minutes in the tins and turn them onto wire racks to cook completely.

Per serving (based on 16 servings per 2-pound loaf): 346 calories, 54 gm carbohydrates, 71 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 5 gm protein, 13 gm fat, 8 gm saturated fat As Appeared in The Washington Post (06/07/95); Reformatted by Sheri Pierce

Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #575 by Nancy Berry <nlberry@...> on Apr 17, 1997

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