Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

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Gingerbread is one of my kids' favorite fall treats, and, I have to admit, I'm pretty fond of it, too. This winning recipe from the "The Gourmet Cookbook" (my go-to source for just about everything) offers the perfect amount of spice and takes just a few minutes to throw together. Your kitchen will smell fantastic as it's baking.

More of a cake than a bread, gingerbread usually serves as a snack or dessert. But it also makes an excellent breakfast. I like to sprinkle a little confectioners' sugar on top, but you also could serve it with whipped cream or lemon curd.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

11/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup molasses (not robust or blackstrap)

2/3 cup hot water

Put a rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees. …

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