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Gingerbread with Amber Cream

This gingerbread has just the right amount of spices and bakes up nice and moist. Topping individual servings with flavored whipped cream turns this into an extra-special dessert.—Ann Le Duc, Gloversville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    24-32 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups molasses
  • 2 cups water
  • 4-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons each baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • AMBER CREAM:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine molasses and water. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with molasses mixture, beating well after each addition. Pour into two greased 13x9-in. baking pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks.
  • In a small bowl, combine cream, brown sugar and vanilla; chill for at least 1 hour. Whip until stiff peaks form. Serve with the gingerbread.

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