New to our menu... A family heritage dessert! A recipe from Grandma Ida.
When the Great Depression hit America following the Stock Market Crash of 1929, families were forced to stretch their budgets and “make do” with minimal and cheap ingredients when it came to cooking.
Dessert became a luxury for most, and depression cake was a more affordable alternative to other cakes that used milk, eggs, and butter. Affordability was achieved through ingredient substitution. For example, shortening was substituted for butter, water was substituted for milk, and baking powder was substituted for eggs.
Tomorrow, June 5th, is National Gingerbread Day. To help you and your family celebrate, we are sharing a recipe and a little bit of the history behind this traditional taste.
Where did gingerbread originate? Well, there are various theories but many believe it was introduced in the Middle East as that part of the world brought spices to the western world, but there are references that go as far back as the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
Gingerbread is woven into the fiber of American history as well. North Americans have been baking gingerbread for more than 200 years. Even George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington, is given credit for a Gingerbread Cake recipe. That recipe was reprinted in the blog Syrup and Biscuits, which you can find by clicking here. But, we have a different recipe in mind to share with you all today... Gingerbread Waffles!
Start your Sunday morning off with this delicious recipe of light and fluffy gingerbread waffles. Make it with your kids or surprise your spouse with breakfast in bed. :)
Gingerbread Waffle Recipe
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 cup almond milk
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoons ground cloves
3/4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1. Beat the eggs until light and fluffy, about two minutes, add the sugar, molasses and almond milk, mix until blended, about one minute more.
2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, spices, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in the butter.
3. Cook immediately in a waffle iron until golden brown.