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Hot Water Gingerbread

From The Purity Cookbook [2001 reprint of the 1967 edition], pp 90-91

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cream together:

1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup lightly-packed brown sugar


1 egg

Beat until light.

Blend or sift together:

1.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon

add pinches of other spicy spices (nutmeg, allspice, cloves)  to your taste; grated fresh ginger would add a nice zing.


1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup hot water

Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternately with the molasses
and hot water. Blend until well combined. Pour batter into greased 8″
square pan. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 40-45 minutes. That’s it: makes loads of dirty dishes, but it’s relatively simple. And smells divine when it’s baking. Serve with lemon sauce or lemon curd, or whipped cream as in pic below.


Not my pic: found here … http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cakegingerbread.jpg



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Apple cake

As requested by Erin not so long ago and because I miss her already.

A simple to make, tasty, reasonably-good-for-you cake. You could probably healthify it further by reducing the sugar and switching out some, or all, of the flour for whole wheat. It lasts 4-5 days at room temp (maybe less in summer) and is good in a packed lunch.
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