1/2 pound of butter 1/2 pound of sugar

3 pints of flour

6 eggs

1 pint of New Orleans molasses

2 tablespoonfuls of ginger 1 teaspoonful of cinnamon 1 pint of milk

1 teaspoontul of soda

Beat the butter to a cream; then add the sugar. Beat the eggs all together until creamy, add them to the butter and sugar, and beat well. Dissolve the soda in a tablespoonful of boiling water, add it to the molasses, mix well, and stir it into the other mixture; add to it the milk and flour. Beat all until smooth; then add the spices, mix well, and pour into well-greased, shallow pans. Bake in a moderate oven thirty-five or forty minutes.

Soft Gingerbread

3 cups of flour 1/2 cup of milk 1/2 cup of lard

1 1/2 cups of New Orleans molasses

1 teaspoonful of soda

2 eggs

1 tablespoonful of ginger

Beat the yolks of the eggs and the lard together; then add the milk, soda and molasses; add the ginger and flour. Beat the whites to a stiff froth, add them carefully. Bake in a moderate oven for three-quarters of an hour.