Taste from the past – Gingerbread recipe from 1875

Light-Colored Gingerbread from 1875 recipe

  • Fresh butter, melted, ½ lb.,
  • flour, dried and sifted, 1 ¼ lb.,
  • brown sugar, 1 ¼ lb.,
  • bruised sugar, ¼ lb.,
  • 9 eggs, the yolks and whites beaten separately,
  • rosewater, two tablespoonfuls,
  • white wine, two tablespoonfuls

Mix all these well together. Bake one hour. Then with a spoon spread it over flat tins about the thickness of a penny-piece. Bake it of a light brown, and while warm, cut it into oblong pieces, which place on end till cool.

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