Date: December 3, 2023
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Grandma's Gingerbread

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Handwritten gingerbread recipe on a notecard.

Another first for me out of grandma's recipe box, Gingerbread! In my mind, this was going to be Gingerbread cookies, and no, I am not kidding. I looked fast, what can I say! Since I started this project, it has continually surprised me how many recipes don't remember right away. Then I bake them, and the memories return especially these holiday goodies.

Regardless, what are the holidays without something baked with ginger? As I mixed the batter I made sure to follow the recipe step by step. Once I added the water I knew this recipe was going in a different direction and was not heading towards cookie batter. I was shocked that the batter was like a pumpkin or banana bread consistency.

I called my sister to ask her if she remembered our grandmother baking gingerbread, and she said she did. This is not surprising to me that I do not remember, even though I love the flavor of ginger in savory meals, ginger in sweets is not always my jam! I finished mixing per the recipe and then poured the batter into my grandma's Corningware loaf pan and hoped for the best!

Slice of chocolate cake on patterned plate.

Thirty minutes later, I pulled the loaf out of the oven and let it cool in its pan. Once the bread was cooled, I cut myself a thick slice and gave it a taste. The bread was very flavorful and had just the right amount of ginger. One of the things I noticed was the light crust that formed on the top of the bread, this added a little texture which was a delicious surprise.

After I tasted it, I remembered. I remembered the breads that were laid out perfectly sliced next to the cookies and other sweets for us all to enjoy as we gathered at Christmas at my grandma's. I will be making this bread recipe again for Christmas so that my family can enjoy it, and I know that my family will be super excited! The connection food between food and our memories is one of my favorite things and the reason I love to share it.

Slice of chocolate cake on patterned plate.

Grandma's Gingerbread

Rediscover the joy of authentic gingerbread bread from my grandma's recipe box. A perfect holiday treat or a thoughtful homemade gift. Explore our delightful ginger-infused surprise!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, bread, Breakfast, brunch, sweet
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp clove
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 cup dark syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp soda


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a mixer, cream butter sugar, then add spices and salt.
  • Add syrup and eggs, beat mixture well, then add 1 cup of boiling water 1 cup flour beat.
  • Add remainder of the flour 1 1/2 cup and soda that has been mixed in flour.
  • Bake 30 min.
  • Allow to cool, slice, and enjoy.


Keyword appetizer, baking, bread, Ginger, gingerbread, grandma recipe, holiday
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