Soft Gingerbread Recipe
This Soft Gingerbread recipe dates back to the year 1934 and is also know as “spice bread” in France and “pepper cake” in Germany. It was a favorite holiday treat in the home of Walt Disney! This recipe is included in the book, “Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food”.
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 Cup hot water
1/4 Cup butter, room temperature
1/4 Cup vegetable shortening
1/4 Cup sugar
1 Egg, well beaten
1 Cup Molasses
2 Cups flour, sifted
1 Teaspoon ground ginger
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, shortening and sugar for about 3 minutes.
Scrape the mixing bowl before adding egg, molasses, flour, ginger and cinnamon. Blend until combined.
Add baking soda water to mixture and beat until smooth (about 1 minute).
Grease and flour an 8-inch by 8-inch pan. Pour in batter.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Allow to cool before cutting into nine even pieces and serving.
TIP: lightly coating your measuring cup with cooking spray before measuring out your molasses will help the molasses pour easily and completely.
Two decades before the California food revolution, Walt Disney was planning a revolution of his own. Walt knew that food could be more than nourishment – it could be entertaining, too. The concept of families eating and playing at the same time was an innovation in mid-century America. Food in Disneyland wasn’t gray or humdrum. It was full of fantasy and color!
Eat Like Walt is a culinary tour of the park’s six lands. Every attraction has a story, and so do many of the menu items. Disneyland’s food transports us as much as it satiates us, or as Walt declared, “The food is as fabulous as the fun, too.”
(Information obtained from Disney Files Magazine)