HOT WATER GINGERBREAD – The Southern Lady Cooks

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This Hot Water Gingerbread is a recipe your family will love. Perfect for breakfast with coffee, dessert, or just a snack anytime. Gingerbread is excellent during the holiday season.  Use the lemon glaze below or sprinkle with powdered sugar; we enjoy it both ways. This hot water gingerbread makes a beautiful gift.

Ingredients Needed for Hot Water Gingerbread:

Boiling water


White sugar

Molasses (I used sorghum. Can use any molasses)


All-purpose flour

Baking powder

Baking soda

Ground cinnamon


Ground cloves


Lemon Glaze Topping

Lemon juice

Lemon zest

Powdered sugar

Recipe Notes: this gingerbread makes around 9 servings. The lemon glaze is delicious, but so is a dusting of powdered sugar.

If you like this recipe, you may also like this sorghum cake with cinnamon sauce.

Hot Water Gingerbread

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Hot Water Gingerbread

This delicious bread is a wonderful treat!

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time40 mins

Total Time55 mins

Course: Cake

Cuisine: American, southern

Keyword: Hot Water Gingerbread

Servings: 9 servings

Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses I used sorghum. Can use any molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Lemon Glaze Topping

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 or more cups powdered sugar
  • Pour hot water over shortening. Add sugar and molasses and mix well with mixer. Add eggs and continue mixing.  Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt with a wire whisk and add to molasses mixture. Mix just till all ingredients are wet. Pour into a sprayed 9 x 9 inch pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until center is done.  Makes about 9 servings.  Can add a lemon glaze or whipped cream.

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