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Old fashioned gingerbread

Old fashioned gingerbread cake is moist and delicious
Classic gingerbread is cold weather comfort food.

This is the gingerbread recipe that I grew up with. We often ate it on Sunday nights with butterscotch sauce drizzled over or a little whipped cream on the side. It’s what began my love affair with gingerbread and to this day I have never found a gingerbread recipe that I love more. 

The recipe came out of the Laura Secord Canadian Cookbook, compiled in 1967 as a Centennial project of the Canadian Home Economics Association. The collection amounts to a nation-wide family favourites cookbook with recipes that span centuries and the many cultural influences that are Canada.  

My mom received the book for her birthday the year my twin brother and I were born, a gift from my aunt who we can thank for so many of our family’s favourite recipes. My copy of the book came from a secondhand bookstore but thankfully the book was reissued last year. If you’re on the lookout for a new “go to” cookbook this is an excellent choice. Of all my mom’s cookbooks, this is the one she has used most often.

Old Fashioned Gingerbread (Signal Hill Gingerbread)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup boiling water 
  1. Grease and flour an 8”x8” square pan.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add the butter, molasses and egg and beat for two minutes (or 300 strokes by hand).
  4. Add the boiling water.
  5. Beat for another two minutes and turn into prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched.


  1. This gingerbread looks fantastic!! It was actually only yesterday that I was trying to search for a good recipe I can use leading up to Christmas and this one looks perfect – will be bookmarking it for sure!

    What a lovely blog you have here! As fellow foodies we can't wait to read more! New follower here 🙂

    Chloe & Sarah

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