Gingerbread! I made some gingerbread this weekend.
It was quite good. Would you like the recipe? No? Well, too bad, I am going to give it to you anyway! (I crack myself up.)
ENGLISH GINGERBREAD (From Old Cookery book circa 1890)
1 cup brown sugar
1 2/3 cups flour (plain) For Gluten free use rice flour/corn starch
2 teaspoons ground ginger
pinch of salt
3/4 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
optional for gluten free: 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
There you go! Easy! (I love easy.) I bake gluten free for my husband. So for the flour, I used rice flour and corn starch mixed together to make up the 1 and 2/3 cups. Also, I used the xanthan gum but you can leave that out if you like and certainly do leave it out if you are not baking gluten free!
Let's see...I mixed the flour, sugar, ginger and pinch of salt together. Then, I mixed in that bit of xanthan gum. In another bowl, I mixed the egg, melted butter together and then, mixed in the milk. Pour the wet into the dry and mix well. Pour into greased brownie pan. (It said to use an 8 inch square pan, but my oblong brownie pan was just right.) Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
There! Please note that there is not one bit of CINNAMON in this! Try to keep that hand away from that strong cinnamon if you can and just try it with the ginger. It is called GINGER-bread, after all!
(Just looked it up, it is believed that the Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis first brought gingerbread to France in the year 992 where he taught the French Christians to make gingerbread. From there, it spread all over Europe. So, it is a very ancient sweet!)
The photo that I have for you...the crossvine flower, these were blooming all over our local monadnocks! This one was at Arabia Mountain. Some think it smells like cinnamon, some think it smells like coffee. What do I think? I think it smells like a crossvine flower! It is a heavenly fragrance. When we were walking, we could smell them before we saw them.
Okay, you are thinking...that is the gingerbread but what about the very sad song? Of course, you must know the one that I am thinking about! It is a song written by Dolly Parton, "Me and Little Andy" and since it mentioned the word "gingerbread", my baking brought this song to my mind...
"Ain't Ya Got No Gingerbread?"