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The Odyssey of Making Miss Goddard’s “Soft Molasses Gingerbread”

Updated: Nov 19, 2020


What better way to honor the 100th anniversary of “The Vote” than to prepare a recipe from The Woman Suffrage Cook Book? Published in Boston in 1886, and edited by one Hattie A. Burr, this cookbook was compiled to fundraise for the “elevation and enfranchisement of women” (Louisa May Alcott is listed as an occasional contributor).

On page 81, I find a recipe for “Soft Molasses Gingerbread” donated by Miss Lucy Goddard of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Only one short paragraph long, the recipe’s measurements are specific enough. Miss Goddard charmingly requires “three scant cupfuls of flour” and “ginger as you like.” The addition of one cup of sugar and one cup of molasses seems conservative. I decide to refer to Mrs. Beeton’s Every Day Cookery, published in London in 1890 — I’d searche