The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus The Daily Herald on Linked In HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Gingerbread good any time of year

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY  |  COMMENTS
By Judyrae Kruse
Herald Columnist
Here's a wonderful treat we can all enjoy for our New Year celebrations and it's coming right up, but first, Camano Island cook Amy Perkins tells us, "I meant to send this recipe a month ago as it's traditionally eaten at Christmastime, but it's good any time of the year as well.
"This has been in our family for over 100 years.
"It is a gingerbread loaf that is sliced thin and served with sharp cheddar cheese on it.''
Birch family gingerbread
3 3/4 cups flour (it originally called for 6 cups, which made a very hard loaf!)
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons ginger
1 tablespoon allspice
2 cups molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
8 tablespoons (1/2) cup margarine or butter, melted
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger and allspice, mix well and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the molasses, brown sugar, eggs and melted margarine or butter, mixing together thoroughly. Add molasses mixture to flour mixture, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Divide mixture between two greased 5-by-9-inch loaf pans, filling each half-full. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (The original recipe called for 350 degrees, but it often burned on the sides and bottom. If there is stlll a problem at 325 degrees, then place pans into a water bath before baking.)
The batter can also be turned into 3 smaller pans (8 inches) instead of the larger ones.
To make a strong flavor, you can use dark molasses and dark brown sugar and all of the spices. For a milder taste, you can use the lighter molasses and sugar and cut down on the spices. Remember, the spices were originally this same amount, but mixed through more flour. Makes 2 standard (or 3 smaller) loaves.
Note: This recipe also turns out very well when made gluten free. Substitute a gluten-free, all-purpose flour mix instead of the wheat flour, and add 1 teaspoon xanthum gum.
The Forum is always happy to receive your contributions and requests, so don't hesitate to send them along to Judyrae Kruse at the Forum, c/o The Herald, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206. Please remember that all letters and e-mail must include a name, complete address with ZIP code and telephone number with area code. No exceptions and sorry, but no response to e-mail by return e-mail; send to
The next Forum will appear in Monday's Good Life section.
Story tags » CookingFood

More Life Headlines


Weekend to-do list

Our to-do list full of ideas for your weekend


Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.