You can literally stir up a pan of gingerbread batter in less than ten minutes. (Cookies take a bit longer! 😁 ) Even nicer -- this pan of hot, spicy goodness is also low-budget. Win win.
Here are some gingerbread ideas worth exploring.
*The basic recipe. This is my go-to...and it's close to Taste of Home's version.
|from Taste of Home|
GOOD 'OL GINGERBREAD
Mix everything together quickly, then pour batter into a greased 9" square or round pan. Bake at 350 degrees 20-25 min. Serve warm. Feeds 9, if you're polite -- 4, if you're cold and hungry.
*How about a gingerbread bundt cake, instead? This version, from Honestly Yum, features a coffee/cardamom glaze.
*Laura Ingalls Wilder was famous for her gingerbread. The author (or co-author, as it may be) of the Little House books often baked it for special events. Here's her recipe, as given by Laura in a letter:
"1 cup brown sugar blended with 1/2 cup lard or other shortening. 1 cup molasses mixed well with this. 2 teaspoons baking soda in 1 cup boiling water (Be sure cup is full of water after foam is run off into cake mixture). Mix all well. To 3 cups of flour have added one teaspoon each of the following spices: ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sift all into cake mixture and mix well. Add lastly 2 well-beaten eggs. The mixture should be quite thin. Bake in a moderate oven for thirty minutes. Raisins and, or, candied fruit may be added an a chocolate frosting adds to the goodness."
If you want Laura's gingerbread in recipe format, go to Patty's Kitchen. She'll help out.
*Got any gingerbread left over? A trifle might be just the thing. Taste of Home is all over this.
|Looks good, doesn't it? From Taste of Home|
*Use your cookies to decorate a cake! Like this version, courtesy of Betty Crocker. Oh my.
|photo from Betty Crocker -- thanks, lady.|
...and a good recipe for gingerbread men here, adapted from Real Simple's version.
They're cute on the cake, but tasty by themselves, too.