On the surface this gingerbread might look quite unremarkable . . . but this is one case where you would be mistaken in thinking this gingerbread isn't great! The recipe is copied out in my handwriting and sitting my blue binder on a page which is splattered with years of use. I cannot tell you who Mrs Keller is, but I can tell you that she makes excellent gingerbread!
Its dark and moist and quite spicy. If you are not fond of a lot of spice, you can cut back on the ginger somewhat. Myself, I love ginger and kept it as it is. It does mellow out after a day or two.
I think out of all the cakes in the world, if I could only pick one . . . I might pick this one.
We like it served warm and topped with scoops of cold vanilla ice cream. I like to let it sit a while and let the ice cream melt down on it a bit. Lemon sauce also goes very well.
Its also pretty special sliced into thin slices when cold and served with a nice hot cup of tea. I like to spread it with softened butter in that case. Gingerbread spread with butter is really good. This is also really fabulous when served with a nice tall glass of cold milk!
I have even found myself wondering on occasion what it would be like crumbled up and dried out and then served like cereal in a bowl with some milk . . . or dare I suggest is . . . cream. Oh, I know . . . I am a naughty foodie. In any case I do hope you will give it a go!
PS - The smell of it baking will drive you crazy with the desire to eat gingerbread NOW!
*Mrs Keller's Gingerbread*Makes one 9 by 13 inch pan, serving 12
(Or ice cream)