Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

Old Fashioned Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

Gingerbread is generally thought of as little boys who run away yelling “you can’t catch me” or constructed houses decorated with icing and candy, but here is the cakey warm Old World version.  I found this recipe in a 1936 Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook.  I combined it with a lemon sauce from the 1945 American Woman’s Cook Book.  It was a great combination.

Old Fashioned Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce


Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 cup sour milk (that's what the recipe says, I added 1 tsp lemon juice to milk)
  • 1 tsp baking soda dissolved in ¼ cup boiling water
  • Lemon Sauce:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • dash salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  1. Cream the butter and sugar.
  2. Add the molasses and eggs and mix well.
  3. Combine the flour and spices and add alternatively with the milk to the molasses mixture.
  4. Stir in the dissolved soda.
  5. Pour into a well greased 9 X 13 pan and bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan.
  7. Add water and heat until it boils and is thick and clear.
  8. Continue cooking 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and add salt and lemon juice.
  10. Add butter last.


Old Fashioned Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce


17 thoughts on “Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

  1. >What a great find, here, Kristen. Old World gingerbread is so very tasty! Thank you for sharing it with all of us, and with Vintage Recipe Thursday, too.

  2. >Ohmygosh! I love gingerbread with lemon sauce! Thanks so much for posting this! Happy Foodie Friday! Coralie

  3. >I love vintage recipes and vintage cookbooks. Gingerbread is a personal favorite and lemon sauce sounds like it would be divine on top. Thanks for sharing. I need to check out Vintage Recipe Thursdays for sure!

  4. >I love gingerbread, so I especially appreciate vintage recipes for it. I also love the lemon sauce you prepare to serve with it. Have a great Foodie Friday.

  5. >I so want to try this! We had something like this for dessert on one Wednesday night at church with a bit of whipped cream on top. It was soooo good. I'll definitely have to try this! Thanks!
    God bless,

  6. >Have tried this, and absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for the post. This is going to be the newest addition to traditions of holiday baking.

  7. >Wow, I want to make this *right now*!

    Someone served me ginger bread with lemon sauce several years ago, and I feel like I can still taste it, the experience was that memorable.

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