Feb 20, 2012

Gingerbread and Homemade Applesauce

Sometimes I get a hankering for a taste of the past.  This recipe is just that.  The smell of molasses and cinnamon transports me to when I was a little girl helping my mommy in the kitchen.  It reminds me of after-school snack while I shared about my day.  It brings me back to when life was simple and family was close.

 Now that I'm hundreds of miles from those family members, sometimes I just need a little comfort food.  Tonight was one such night.  And, because God is good, I had all the ingredients in my pantry.

I hope you enjoy this yumminess as much as I do.  And maybe, just maybe, it will bring you back in time....or help you create those memories for your future generations to remember.

  Gingerbread
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses (gold label)
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted shortening
1 cup boiling water
  2 cup sifted flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine sugar, molasses, eggs and melted shortening.  When mixed well, add 1 cup boiling water.  Then mix in the flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking soda, salt and vanilla.  Pour this mixture into a greased 9x13 pan.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Applesauce
4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

Enjoy!

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