(Excerpt transcribed from Crenshaw County News, Luverne, Alabama January 16, 1908)
One-half cup butter, one-half cup sugar, one-half cup molasses, one-half cup sour milk or cold water, one and one-half cups flour, two eggs, not beaten;
One tablespoon ginger, one teaspoon soda.
The secret of having it light and tender is in beating the soda and molasses together thoroughly and in not beating the eggs.
Add molasses and soda before the flour.
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