Monday, April 25, 2011

Kitchen House Molasses Cake

Molasses Cake was a dessert that was often served during the 1700's, the time period for the novel by Kathleen Grissom, The Kitchen House.  We tried it at book club when we reviewed the book.  It is a great cake.  No frosting, you can lightly dust with powdered sugar or top with whipped cream.  Better yet - do both!

1/2 Cup Butter
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Milk
1 Cup Molasses
2 Cups Flour
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Ground Ginger
1 t Cinnamon
2 dashes Ground Cloves
1/4 t Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 8-inch square baking pan.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.  Beat in the egg.
In a seperate bowl, combine the milk and the molasses.
In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
Add each of these alternatley to the butter mixture, beating well between additions.
Spoon batter into the prepared pan. 
Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


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