Saturday, December 3, 2011

Memories of Love: Gingerbread Down Home

Most of you know by now that I am an East Coast Girl.
I grew up for the most part down home in Lochaber, Nova Scotia.

Some of my earliest memories are of visiting my Great Grandmother, fondly called Gang-Gang, on her farm on the west side of Lochiel Lake.

She is the one who taught me to bake biscuits in the old panty, cutting the round with an old soup can.
In the summer we waved rhubarb fans and dipped the ends in bowls of sugar after many trips down the hill drawing fresh water from the Spring.

Hours were spent jumping from the rafters of the old barn into sweet smelling hay.
We blew circles in the frost on the windows in the autumn and watched the deer graze on the crab apples that had fallen beneath the trees after picking.

As I recall those days and years...gratitude fills my soul and overflows in tears.

And then there is the Gingerbread.

I pass on this recipe with as much love as is humanly possible.

This is NOT a fat free recipe. There is NO way to make it sugar free. 
( who would want to ?????)

This is down home. This is my Gang-Gang.
I hope that as you make this gingerbread, you give a thought and a care to a special lady who I look forward to seeing in heaven some day.
Mother to my maternal grandfather, sister to beloved aunts and uncles...Gang-Gang to the rest of us who were privileged to know her and share time with her while she walked this earth.

These are my memories.This is my tribute.

Gang-Gang's Gingerbread

Pre-heat oven to 350
Line an 8x8 pan with waxed paper/ parchment paper ( or brown paper bag for old times sake)
1/2 c molasses
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c hot water
mix and add 1 large egg
1 1/2 c flour
1tsp ginger, cinamon, baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
pinch nutmeg

Stir dry into wet ( do NOT beat)
Mix in 7 tablespoons cooking oil 
Pour into pan
Bake: 35-40 min till edges start to pull from sides and top bounces back when you touch with finger tip.

 Serve with hot lemon sauce or whip cream and a large dose of LOVE!

I am linking up with my dear friend Shawntele for her Sweets n Treat Recipe Swap.Stop by and check it out over the whole month of December. I'll be adding some more memories and recipes as the weeks go by.

Merry Christmas All!
Share the Love and leave a blessing wherever you go...


  1. Divine!! I *will* be trying this recipe! Thanks for sharing!


  2. I am definitely going to make this - the memories of your Gang Gang make me want to try it even more! Thanks for linking up with the Sweets n Treats Holiday Recipe Exchange. :)