The reason I love this recipe is NOT because it's the best gingerbread I've ever tasted. If I were giving advice for great gingerbread, I'd say it needs more spice, but I love that this belongs to Laura of Little House on the Prairie, who I wanted to be when I grow up (when I wasn't so grown up). I love that she made this recipe in some little house, on some prairie, and when I make it....I get to channel that slice of American living for just a moment. I would have loved making this when I was ten and reading the Little House series for the 10th time, and I still enjoyed baking this recipe today. It's a wholesome recipe. It did puff up nicely, and it tasted like gingerbread (always a bonus). And now....I'm going to learn to play the fiddle like Pa.
Here is Laura's Recipe, I bought this in Independence, Kansas when I visited the site of the Little House on the Prairie last summer.
Gingerbread Recipe Serves 20
Cream 1/2 c. butter, 1 c. brown sugar, 1 c. molasses. Add 2 t of soda to 1 c. of boiling water, and then pour into the bowl with the first three ingredients. Add 3 c. flour sifted with 1 t. ginger, cnnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Beat 2 eggs well, add last. Bake at 350 for 30 minnutes in a 9x13 inch greased pan.
*It took my oven longer to cook the bread all the way through.
*I would suggest adding powdered sugar, or whipped topping.