I first found a version of this recipe online and I made some changes for our family’s taste preferences. We love to bake this for friends on cold days. This bread fills the house with the most wonderful smell.
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup margarine, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 cup dark molasses
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and margarine until fluffy. Beat in one egg and mix in the molasses. Set aside.
In another large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir into the creamed margarine, sugar, egg and molasses until well mixed. Next, slowly stir in the hot water. Blend until well mixed.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for one hour. To check, insert a knife into the center – it should come out clean.
We like to serve our gingerbread warm with a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.