General Lafayette Gingerbread

Shelia Senghas


Just in time for Christmas! While spending most of last week and this week in bed nursing a cold, I have been reading through the stacks of old recipe's from magazines and newspapers that my mom has. I have found many I want to eventually try, however, I could not wait to get this one posted. The clipping said the gingerbread was served by the mother of George Washington to General Lafayette in the 1780's and, he liked it so much, she named it for him. After looking at the ingredients I was intrigued. The image is not mine.


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40 Min


How to Make General Lafayette Gingerbread


  1. 1/4 lb. butter, softened
    1/2 cup dark brown sugar
    1 cup unsulphured molasses
    3 eggs
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    2 tbsp. ground ginger
    1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1 tsp. ground mace
    1 tsp. ground nutmeg
    1 tsp. baking soda
    3/4 cup buttermilk
    1/3 cup fresh orange juice
    1 tbsp. grated orange zest
    1 cup raisins
  2. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Stir in molasses, then beat in eggs one at a time. Sift flour, ginger, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, and baking soda into a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, orange juice and zest, and raisins in another bowl. Beat flour mixture into creamed mixture one-third at a time, alternating with buttermilk mixture.
    2. Pour batter into a greased, floured 9" × 13" baking pan. Bake 40–45 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

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About General Lafayette Gingerbread

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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