Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cebah's Gingerbread:

(That's Cebah, beaming, in the center ~)

Yesterday I made Cebah's gingerbread, with both whipped cream & lemon sauce, for Sarah & Betty. The Dutton family recipes, nearly identical, are preserved in "The Caney Fork Homemaker's Club Cookbook" circa 1972. Willie Dutton, Gladiator Gladys Dutton, and Ida Dutton were all members then. At one time, Cebah was the president of the club.

My Best Gingerbread (Aunt Susie Cundiff) ((that was my grandmother's sister))
(via) Willie Dutton:

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup sorghum
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter and lard, mixed
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp ginger
1 cup hot water
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp cloves (this order has no rationale!)

Cream shortening and sugar. Add beaten egg, molasses, and dry
ingredients which have been sifted together. Add hot water last. Beat
until smooth.
Bake in 375 degree oven until light brown, or straw comes out clean.

(Then ~)

Great Grandmother's Gingerbread (via Ida Dutton ~ who this grandmother
might have been is a bit of a guess, but it should be Mary, David
Dutting's wife, the first couple to settle here.)

!/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 egg
1 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup hot water

Cream shortening and sugar. Add beaten egg and molasses. Sift and add
dry ingredients. Add hot water. Beat until smooth. Bake in greased pan
at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Makes 15 servings.

Lemon Sauce: Mix --
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
Add 2 cups of water. Cook until thick and clear. Remove from heat.
Stir in: 1/4 cup butter
!/4 cup lemon juice
Add a dash of salt. If plain sauce is desired, leave out the lemon juice.

(Hee! "15 servings" - wonder how you cut that? Cebah used a 7 x 12
pyrex for this.
I used the 375 ~ BUT, would have been smart to set the timer at 25
minutes & checked it then. The bottom overbrowned. (This (new) oven
seems to be hot on the bottom anyway.) Cebah served her gingerbread
warm from the oven with whipped cream. THEN, when it returned room
temp for supper, she made the lemon sauce & poured that over hot.


Cathy said...

WONDERFUL photo of Cebah!

Dan Dutton said...

Isn't it? She really is beaming!

SBD said...

As the happy recipient of that delightful confection, I can say, it was as delicious today as yesterday, sans the lemon sauce

SBD said...

I also want to add, Mom was the song leader of the homemaker's club, year after year