Gingerbread

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12 Days of Christmas {Treats}

Hey guys, more Random Facts about Christmas coming your way:

  1. In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world’s biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall. (A part of me thinks that this is pretty cool…another part thinks that these people just had way too much time on their hands.)
  2. Many theologians estimate that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25 but sometime in September between 6BC and 30AD. (I’m totally calling it guys: Jesus was born on September 27th….same day as yours truly ;-))
  3. MANY parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C. (Yeah, um…I’m not eating pine tree needles. Like, ever.)

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Living in Michigan means that we generally get to go through all four seasons throughout the year. In the summer, it’s generally pretty hot, in the spring it’s cool and rainy, in the fall it’s chilly with golden trees, and in the winter it’s cold and snowy (most of the time). I like living in a place where I can have a ‘White Christmas’, but one of my longtime Christmas wishes/dreams is to actually be able to spend the holiday season (from about December 1st-January 2nd) someplace else.

New York City to be exact.

It;s bad enough that I’ve never been to the Big Apple (I know, that alone is a travesty), but every year that goes by without me getting to be in NYC during Christmas time does make me rather depressed. I’d love to be able to go skating and see the tree at Rockefeller Center, go and get lost in Macy’s, and of course be in Times Square for New Years Eve. I just want soak up the busy, electric atmosphere of the city. I’ve never been to New York, but I LOVELOVELOOOOVE Chicago, Atlanta and Boston, and if New York is anything like those places, then I know it’s where I belong. If I did still believe in Santa Claus, a Christmas in New York would be definitely be on my wish list of things to ask him for.

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I’ve actually wanted to make this recipe for a pretty long time now. It comes from a huge cookbook that my mom has had since I was a little girl. It’s supposed to be a cookbook/recipe encyclopedia that tells you how to basically cook EVERYTHING in life, with recipes as simple as pound cake, to as complicated as octopus. The photography is fancy and completely stunning. I’m waiting for the day that my pictures look as beautiful as the Recipe Encyclopedia’s. I used to flip through the book, marking off all the things I was gonna ask my mom to make for me. This gingerbread was one of them, and I must say that after years of suspense, it didn’t disappoint. The ginger and allspice are what really give this bread it’s flavor. It’s subtly sweet, with just the right amount of spice to give it a ‘bite’. Definitely a win for Christmas treats.

Today’s recommendation is for another music album, and yes, it’s from the 90’s. What can I say, that was the crux of my childhood. Plus, if you ask me, music in general was just better quality then. Vanessa Williams had some of her most successful years as a recording artist in the 90’s. My mom listened to her cassette tapes and CDs all the time, and I’m still a huge fan of hers now. All of her albums are fantastic, but I think that my favorite to this day is still her Christmas record, ‘Star Bright’. Vanessa has a smooth, velvety voice that’s very soothing and pleasant- perfect for music you can put on in the background while opening gifts on Christmas morning.

Favorite Tracks: “Star Bright,” “What Child is This?“, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “I Wonder as I Wander”, “The First Noel”, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

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Gingerbread

Recipe Courtesy of Recipe Encyclopedia

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE VERSION

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light molasses
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to moderate 350°. Brush a deep 8 inch square cake pan with melted butter, line the base with paper; grease the paper.

2. Place the butter, brown sugar, molasses and water in a large pan. Cook over low heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has completely dissolved. Cool slightly.

3. Add the lightly beaten egg to butter mixture.

4. Sift the flour, ground ginger, allspice, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the ingredients and add the butter and egg mixture; stir until the ingredients are just combined and moistened.

5. Spoon into the prepared cake pan; bake for 30 minutes, or until the gingerbread is cooked through.

6. Gingerbread may be served warm with whipped cream, or cold, dusted with confectioners’ sugar; or spread with butter.

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8 thoughts on “Gingerbread

  1. Pingback: Gingerbread Men Cookies | Cooking Is My Sport

    • You’re most welcome, and I promise you won’t be disappointed with this gingerbread- it’s great! Thank YOU for stopping by my blog- Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you 🙂

  2. Hi Jess! This recipe looks delicious, and I’m looking forward to trying it out soon. Is the molasses measurement missing in the ingredients list or is it just me?!

    • Argh! THANK YOU Alice, I did leave it out by mistake. I just added the 1/2 cup of molasses to the online and printable recipe versions. Silly me: forgetting the most important part of the gingerbread *shakes head*. I hope you enjoy it (it tastes fabulous), and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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