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Laura Ingalls Wilder Letter to Jennie D. Lindquist (October 19, 1953)

Laura Ingalls Wilder letter 1953

Mansfield Mo.

October 19th 1953

Dear Miss Lindquist,

Mrs. Nordstrom has told me of your plan for the Christmas Horn Book. I am thrilled and in a hurry for Christmas time to come that I may see it.

You may use my letter to Clarence E. Kilburn, copy of which you enclosed, if you wish.

You must know that Almanzo died in 1949, October 23d.

I enclose my old gingerbread recipe and wish you good luck if you should try it.

Sincerely Laura Ingalls Wilder

LAURA’S GINGERBREAD

1 cup brown sugar blended with
1/2 cup lard or other shortening.
1 cup molasses mixed well with this.
2 teaspoons baking soda in 1 cup boiling water
(Be sure cup is full of water after foam is run off into cake mixture).

Mix all well.

To 3 cups of flour have added one teaspoon each of the following spices: ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves; and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sift all into cake mixture and mix well.

Add lastly 2 well-beaten eggs.

The mixture should be quite thin.

Bake in a moderate oven for thirty minutes.

Raisins and, or, candied fruit may be added and a chocolate frosting adds to the goodness.

Letter reproduced and quoted with permission of the Estate of Roger Lea MacBride.


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  1. Connie Ryle Neumann says:

    This is one of my favorite letters from Laura, and I have baked her gingerbread recipe many a time. Celebrate her 150th Birthday this year by making Laura’s Gingerbread!

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