Grandmother Ada's Gingerbread-My Father's Favorite

Kathleen Hagood


Father's Day is near, so I thought of gingerbread. I began baking as a child, and this is one of the first things I baked. It was one of my father's two favorite things in the world. (See Mama's Blackberry Cobbler for the other.) No matter how I did, he always said my gingerbread was wonderful. I can't make this without crying because it was something that daddy and I shared, and I lost him in 2001. Daddy loved it with real butter slathered on it. (My mother got this recipe from her sister and I have never known who Grandmother Ada was, but she deserves credit for this terrific recipe.)

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13 x 9 baking dish


20 Min


30 Min



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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
One bite and I see why this was Kathleen's father's favorite gingerbread - it's amazing. Soft and fluffy with the perfect blend of spices. This would be great served as a light dessert or even a special snack. Definitely a memorable recipe!


1/2 c
butter, softened
1/2 c
sugar, granulated
1 large
egg, well beaten
1 c
molasses (we used dark)
2 1/2 c
sifted flour
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
ground cloves
1 tsp
ground ginger (i have never tried it with fresh grated.)
1 tsp
cinnamon, ground
1 1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 c
hot water

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten egg and syrup, mixing well.
Sift dry ingredients and add to first mixture. Mix slightly.
Add hot water and beat until smooth.
Pour into lightly greased pan (I use butter.) Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 - 40 minutes.
This is best served still warm with butter. We usually sliced it open like a biscuit and put butter in the middle to melt.

(If daddy had known how microwaves would have made it easy to heat up the gingerbread after it was cold, he probably would have owned a microwave before the 1990s, and he could have eaten the whole pan hot with butter melting on it just as if it were right from the oven.)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Collection: Father's Day
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids