Monday, June 21, 2010

"Molasses, molasses, icky, sticky gooey...."

September 1, 1954
My first day of school.

This little girl loved... and I mean craved molasses. Still does! It seems that when I need a "cure" for most anything, molasses is what I want.

That means it's time to take out my handy, dandy
Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls...
which I have mentioned several times during the life of
Ladybug Creek.

Today is no exception. I have the start of a cold.
My grandmother, Mother "B" would call a summer cold,
a "fresh cold". They're about the worst!
Out has come my cookbook and I've just prepared the
batter for gingerbread.
The aroma is heavenly.

I think I can smell the molasses with its tangy
sulphur flavor. Hmmmm!
(I think the bottle says it is "unsulphured", but I smell it!)

And here is a serving for my "sweetie".
He loves it when I bake for him.
Why, how did I know he had a hankerin' for gingerbread?

Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls
ca. 1961

Heat oven to 325 degrees

Grease and flour a 9" square pan

Mix thoroughly:
1/2 c. soft shortening, 2 Tbps. sugar, 1 egg

Blend in:
1 c. dark molasses, 1 c. boiling water

Stir in:
2 1/4 c. sifted Gold Medal Flour, 1 tsp. soda, 1/2 tsp. salt,
1 tsp. ginger, 1 tsp. cinnamon

Beat until smooth.
Pour into prepared pan.

Bake about 45 - 50 minutes (mine usually takes less)

I serve mine with applesauce on top.

Feelin' better already!

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