Ginger Bread

Ginger Bread with cinnamon stick and oranges in the background


  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light molasses
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp flavours (crystallized ginger, candied orange peel, candied lemon peel – optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9″x 9″ baking dish with room temperature butter.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.
  3. Beat 8 tbsp of unsalted butter until creamy.
  4. Gradually add 1 large egg and ¼ cup of packed brown sugar until fluffy (approximately 2-3 minutes).
  5. Gradually beat in 1 cup of light molasses.
  6. Stir in dry ingredients.
  7. Once combined, add ¼ cup of boiling water.
  8. At this point, you can mix in some interesting flavours. For example, crystallized ginger, candied orange peel, or candied lemon peel. If you are going to do this, limit it to 3 tablespoons.
  9. Pour mixture into baking dish and bake for 35-40 mins.
  10. When you insert a toothpick into the centre of the cake, it should come out dry. Turn ginger bread out onto a cooling rack and allow it to cool until it is no longer steaming.