Favorite Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe

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½ cup unsalted butter, softened ½ cup white sugar 1 large egg 1 cup molasses (not blackstrap) 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup hot water

Ingredients

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan.

INSTRUCTIONS

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Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

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Mix in egg, then mix in molasses until smooth. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt into a large bowl.

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Gradually add dry ingredients to the molasses mixture, mixing after each addition until incorporated. Mix in water until smooth. Pour cake batter into the prepared pan.

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Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake; it should come out clean. If it does, remove cake from the oven; if not, bake 15 to 30 more minutes, checking often for doneness. Allow gingerbread to cool in the pan before serving.

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