Christmas season is here! The holiday that nearly everyone loves and looks forward to year-round has finally arrived. Aside from the presents, family time, and the special feeling that this magical season brings, there’s one thing everyone can collectively agree they love about Christmas time, delicious homemade desserts. There is always plenty to eat around Christmas time, but one dish that generally goes unnoticed is dessert. Whether you’re the person with a house full of decorations, Christmas lights strewn about, and a Christmas tree standing tall before Thanksgiving, or you’re the type of person that some people refer to as “scrooge”, everyone can enjoy warm, homemade, gingerbread. Who doesn’t love the sweet, wholesome and fluffy baked bread that is sure to have friends and families begging for the recipe? Here is the recipe for our favorite Holiday treat.
- ½ cup of white sugar
- ½ cup of butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup molasses
- 2 ½ cup white flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of hot water
Begin by preheating the oven to 350ºF. Do this before you begin cooking, so it will be ready by the time you need to bake the gingerbread. Next, lightly grease and flour a 9 inch baking pan. It is best to use cooking spray for this step because it evenly distributes the oil and is clean and easy to do. Lightly coat the sides and bottom of the pan with flour to help the bread from sticking to the pan. Now, in a large mixing bowl, cream together your butter and sugar until it leaves an off-white to yellow fluffy consistency. Be sure not to over mix the butter and sugar, as the butter and sugar will separate if you do so. Once the butter and sugar is creamed together, beat in the egg and stir in the molasses. Make sure you stir in the molasses thoroughly as this is the primary sweetening agent and if it is unevenly distributed it may cause inconsistencies in the flavor of the bread. In a separate mixing bowl, begin adding the dry ingredients together. One by one, add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Stir the dry ingredients together and thoroughly sift the mixture of dry ingredients. Blend the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar, and stir in the hot water. It is crucial to use hot water for this step as doing so will ensure the proper consistency of the bread in the end. Finally, pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Gingerbread will take about one hour in the oven, varying slightly with the thickness of the pan and several other factors. The best way to tell when it is done is by inserting a knife into the middle and pulling the knife back out. If the knife comes out clean, then your gingerbread is ready to be devoured. If it comes out with any of the gingerbread mixture on the knife, it could use a few more minutes.
Other helpful ideas:
- Don’t rush the baking process. Make sure your ingredients are mixed in thoroughly, your water is hot when you use it, and your oven is at 350º when you bake the bread. Gingerbread is not an easy thing to make or something you can do with your eyes closed, so make sure you follow the directions carefully.
- Arguably, the only thing that can make gingerbread better is icing. Max delivery offers a variety of icings and frostings that would complement Gingerbread wonderfully.
- If you’re feeling artistic, empty your favorite jar of icing or frosting into a Ziploc bag and squeeze it all into either of the bottom corners of the bog. Using a pair of scissors, snip just a small corner of the Ziploc bag off, allowing a small amount of icing to be squeezed through the hole you cut. Now you can use this to decorate your gingerbread with icing!
- Coffee is often served with homemade Gingerbread around the holidays. When serving Gingerbread, ask your guests if they would like a cup of coffee. Generally, the two go hand in hand and act as a delicious treat together after a Christmas dinner.
- If you’re having company over or if you just enjoy the fragrance of gingerbread, begin baking it about an hour before your guests arrive. This isn’t always possible due to busy schedules and holiday mishaps, but the smell of homemade gingerbread is always preferred and will leave your house smelling particularly delightful.