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“The Kitchen House” Simple Molasses Cake

on January 13, 2014

The book club I’m in met at my house this month to discuss the Kathleen Grissom novel, The Kitchen House.

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You can read about the book and purchase it here.

Our book club loved the book – there’s a lot to discuss in there!

I especially like the way she wrote from both the perspective of the white indentured servant girl and the black slave girl.

Just as interesting to me was how she came to write the novel in the first place and where the inspiration for it came from.

You’ll have to read The Kitchen House to find out more!!

One of the members of our book club had seen where Kathleen Grissom gave an interview in the back of the book and told about she and her daughter creating a recipe for Simple Molasses Cake – close to something that was described as having been made in the kitchen house on the plantation in the book.

Her suggestion was that I should make it for book club – “just sayin”. . .

So I did.

It was delicious!

Here is the recipe as I (by way of Kathleen Grissom and her daughter) made it:

Simple Molasses Cake

½ cup butter

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

½ cup milk

1 cup molasses

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 dashes ground cloves

¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inchsquare baking pan. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg. In a separate bowl, combine the milk and the molasses. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Add each of these alternately to the butter mixture, beating well between additions. Spoon batter into the prepared pan. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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It was dark and spicy like a gingerbread cake.

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My kitchen (house) smelled amazing while this was baking.

It’s a very moist and delicious cake.

Give it a try.

What recipes or foods have you tried after being inspired by stories or books?

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