Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

Mr. MarthaAndMe just had a birthday and he always asks for gingerbread with lemon sauce for dessert. His mother used to make this from a box when he was a kid. I make my own. He is the only one in the house who really likes it, so he usually works his way through the pan after about a week! I served this once at a family Christmas party (minus the raisins) and everyone loved it.

For the gingerbread:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

2 eggs

1/3 cup molasses

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp dry ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup hot water

1/3 cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 350 and spray a 9″ square pan. Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs, then molasses.  Mix in all the dry ingredients, then the hot water. Stir in raisins. Pour into the pan and bake for 35 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool at least 20 min before serving.

Lemon Sauce:

1 cup sugar

4 tbsp cornstarch

dash of salt

2 cup water

4 tbsp lemon juice

4 tbsp butter

4 tsp grated lemon zest

Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in a pot. Stir in the water until it is mixed. Cook, stirring, on high until it boils. Reduce heat to medium and cook until slightly thickened and clear about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter, lemon juice and zest. Serve with gingerbread.

15 Responses to Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

  1. Chaya says:

    This looks really good. I have never had gingerbread with lemon sauce. I find it intriguing and am going to print it out, now.

  2. sheryl says:

    A nice combination of flavors that would never have occurred to me!

  3. Frugal Kiwi says:

    Sounds yummy. I’m big on lemon and I love gingerbread, so no reason I wouldn’t like the two together!

  4. I love gingerbread, but you know, I think I’ve only made it once or twice. Love the idea of pairing it with lemon sauce.

  5. Alexandra says:

    I have never tried these two flavors together. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. My mouth was watering just reading the name of this recipe. And that lemon sauce would work on other kinds of cake, too. Terrific combo.

  7. marthaandme says:

    Yes, it’s really a nice sauce. My husband uses it on ice cream too.

  8. Susan says:

    Interesting combination. I’d love to try that lemon sauce on yogurt or maybe with shortbread cookies.

  9. Kerry says:

    sounds tasty — and a fine way to celebrate a birthday too.

  10. Donna Hull says:

    I grew up with gingerbread from a box and lemon sauce. Your homemade version sounds even better.

  11. merr says:

    My husband is a big fan of gingerbread, too. I’ll keep your recipe in mind.

  12. Jane Boursaw says:

    Love the blending of ginger and lemon flavors. Unexpected but I bet perfect combo.

  13. I have a good friend who makes gingerbread. Mmm it’s so yummy thanks for the recipe

  14. Two of my favorite flavors – yes, please. (though I’d do it without the raisins too; those things are only acceptable in raisin bran.)

  15. marthaandme says:

    I’m not a fan of raisins at all, ever. And too many times I’ve been fooled by cookie plates that have what appear to be chocolate chip only to take a bite and realize its oatmeal raisin!

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