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Gingerbread With Raisin Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


4 cakes (20 servings each) and about 10 cups sauce

What's nicer on a cold winter day than the spicy aroma of warm gingerbread filling the house? Drizzled with a rich raisin sauce, the wonderfully moist texture of this old-time favorite is good any time of year. Folks can't get enough! -Julia Livingston Frostproof, Florida


  • 2-1/2 cups shortening
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 5 cups molasses
  • 10 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 cups golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter


  1. In a very large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with water. Mix well.
  2. Transfer to four greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire racks.
  3. For sauce, in a Dutch oven, combine the sugars, flour and salt. Gradually stir in water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; add raisins. Simmer for 10 minutes or until raisins are plump, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from the heat. Stir in butter until melted. Serve warm with gingerbread.

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