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Great Grandma's Ginger Bread

Updated on October 18, 2012

Grand Gingers!

My love affair with Ginger

Like any other love affair, Ginger and I first met around my first holiday. She graced the holiday spread of Christmas must-have goodies. It was love at first sight, I must confess. As I drank in my first taste of her intoxicating flavor I was hooked. Imagine my delight when my mother read me the story,The Gingerbread Man, which quickly became my favorite. In my eyes Ginger could do no wrong and I still hold this belief today. Ginger has gotten me through many holidays as well as, stomach viruses, and headaches. I look forward to passing this tradition to my four year old, because I am sure she will fall for Ginger, too! Enjoy this little bit of moist heaven, courtesy of my great grandmother, Nancy Brown Stuckey.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves family of six


  • 1 cup salad oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 2tsp hot water
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degree and grease and flour pan.
  2. Cream oil and sugar in bowl; add eggs.
  3. Blend in molasses.
  4. Dissolve the soda in hot water; add molasses mixture.
  5. Sift flour, salt, and spices together; and add to creamed mixture. Stir well.
  6. Add boiling water; turn into greased and floured pan.
  7. Bake your gingerbread at 325 degrees from 45 to 55 minutes. Allow time to cool. Enjoy!

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    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Angela, thanks for support, nothing saying loving like a nice warm slice of gingerbread with a glass of milk on a cold winter's day.

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      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @billybuc, I second that emotion, ginegar is an experience, lol.

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      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Faith Reaper, I would definitely agree with you! Glad to share this little piece of my great-grandmother's heavenly kitchen. Thanks for your kind words.

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Ahhh. . . gingerbread certainly brings back fond memories -- including the smell of it baking. I like this recipe and will definitely give it a try. Excellent Hub -- Best/Sis

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I so love Ginger Bread, and I agree with Faith, the smell might be as great as the taste. It is a treat for the senses for sure. Great recipe and now you will have to excuse me....I am suddenly very hungry. :)

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      I really love Ginger Bread, just the smell and better yet, the awesome taste that does melt in one's mouth. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It is that wonderful time of year to start baking all the wonderful breads. I love cranberry nut bread too. Voted up, awesome and useful

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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