• 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 heaping teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup best brandy
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Juice and grated rind of 1 large orange
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup seedless raisins (optional)
  • Directions

    Cream together butter and brown sugar until light. Add 1 cup of molasses and ½ cup warmed milk. Mix well. Mix separately the spices (ginger, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg) and stir into the batter. Add ¼ cup brandy. In a small bowl beat eggs until light and thick. Sift together flour and cream of tartar. Stir eggs and flour alternately into the batter. Stir in the juice and rind of the orange. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of soda in 1 teaspoon of warm water and add this to the batter. Beat batter until light. Add raisins, if desired. and pour into 2 greased and floured pyrex baking dishes (8½X8½-inch size). Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pans. Turn out on a rack to cool completely before cutting into squares. This is a very dark and spicy gingerbread, not sweet. Mrs Washington served it with a glass of Madeira or rum or a mint julep.

    Yield: 24 Squares

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