Feature Writer Alena Roberts – Happiness is Baking

One of the best parts of the holiday season is all of the tasty treats. I am not a fan of cooking, but hand me a recipe that calls for baking and I will present you with something delicious. My new favorite thing to bake for the holidays is gingerbread. It is so simple, yet such an amazing flavor that just says Christmas to me. This year I am making multiple batches of my gingerbread. I made some for gifts and am planning to make more for Christmas day. For those who have never made gingerbread, here are the ingredients you’ll need: butter, white sugar, an egg, molasses, flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and water. That’s it. Here is the recipe that I use. Ingredients: 1 Stick Butter 1/2 cup white sugar 1 egg 1 cup molasses 2 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp ginger 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp cloves 1 cup hot water Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 X 9 pan. Make sure to pour off any excess flour. 2. Mix together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well. 3. Add the molasses to the mixture. 4. In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. 5. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture and beat well. 6. Finally, add the hot water and mix until all the ingredients are well blended. 7. Pour batter into the pan and bake for one hour. I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season filled with delicious homemade treats.

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