ENFORCED SOBRIETY AND MOLASSES

We were completely alone, Lulubelle and I. Old Spouse was off carousing at some year-end function, O Bunn was at a birthday party and Diski had found a hole in the fence and gone to visit with the dogs next door. I wasn’t as glum as Lulubelle at being the only ones home, but I was a bit grumpy at the prospect of not being able to have my customary Friday night glass of wine; the Bunn’s party would end at 9pm and one really can’t take the chance of drinking and driving, even with the party house being just a few blocks away.

There was nothing for it but to bake away the time, with forays to the lounge to watch the progress of Celebrity Masterchef UK.  I got a bit tearful when old Paul Young was sent off; affable bloke, but the years have not been kind to his face. In the kitchen I spotted a bottle of blackstrap molasses that I bought on a whim some time back.  I’d seen it in the supermarket and instantly had a flood of memories about my Grandpa’s farm.  He always had a gallon-drum of the stuff standing just inside the kitchen door.  I think he gave it to the cows every morning as a sort of booster, but my Grandma used it too, for all manner of things.  She’d put a saucer of it on the windowsill on days when the flies were really bad, the flies would gravitate to it and get stuck and there’d be a heaving mass like something from Dante’s Inferno by mid-afternoon. She also baked molasses cookies, a bitter-sweet confection that confused my young tastebuds.

I’ve come to love these biscuits; the spicy crunch is just perfect for vanilla ice cream sandwiches.

 

My recipe comes from Joy of Cooking, but I know it so well that I seldom refer to the book when making it.

¾ cup butter and 1 cup sugar, beaten until fluffy.

Add in and beat well:

2 cups flour, ½ tsp salt, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 large egg, ¼ cup molasses, 1 tsp baking powder.

You’re left with a soft dough, refrigerate for an hour until firm and workable, then form into small balls and coat with sugar.  Set on a baking tray an inch apart and bake at 180C for 10 minutes.  The biscuits will harden on cooling.

Advertisements

38 Comments Add yours

  1. that looks easy

    pity you didn’t call, i would have come and drunk coffee and chatted

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s very easy and they keep well to boot.
      As it turned out she rang shortly before eight to ask me to fetch her, she wasn’t having a nice time; the Saxenwold crowd, you know …

  2. halfp1nt says:

    Morning Cindy,
    Gosh, I can’t remember when last I had a molasses cookie! I think I must have a look at Woolies this morning to see if they stock it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They’re sure to have it, Shorty, look on the shelf where the honey and syrup are kept.

  3. nrhatch says:

    I use molasses for Ginger Snaps. I think the recipe is quite similar to this one.

    Lulubelle needs Botox to erase her furrows. She looks cross. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, very similar, with a hint of bitterness.
      Lulubelle was very sorry for herself.

  4. souldipper says:

    What a forlorn little face! I blew Lulubelle a kiss! And speaking of molasses, one day I saw this huge bottle of Organic Molasses and thought it would be a grand substitute for Maple Syrup on my porridge. Not so. However, next summer, when flies sneak in, I will be thanking your grandmother!

    1. theonlycin says:

      She has the forlorn look down pat, doesn’t she?
      Don’t let small children see the molasses-fly-mix, it is a distressing sight.

    1. theonlycin says:

      She knows how to walk the dog 😉

  5. Tandy says:

    hope the party ended well 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Earlier than expected …

  6. the imagery!… i too had a grandma and grandpa and their farm was a wonderland.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sad that farming is a rare thing these days and few children will get to spend time on farms with grandparents 😦

  7. Artswebshow says:

    They sure would do down nicely with my morning coffee. lol

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sending you some via the virtual dumb-waiter …

      1. Artswebshow says:

        I didn’t receive them.
        Your dumb waiter really must be dumb. lol
        Or perhaos they fell into the sea on the way here. lol

      2. theonlycin says:

        Darn, I have some leftover lamb vindaloo, want that instead?

  8. Really, monumentally stupid question.
    Do you melt the butter before you put it in the cup?

    Sorry….

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not stupid at all, the recipe book doesn’t say. I used room temp butter, which here is basically melted. I don’t know that it matters either way, Kate. Probably melted.

      1. Many thanks. Oh, for room temperatures which soften butter…moan moan moan…..

      2. theonlycin says:

        Rock hard or runny goo, impossible to manage in our climate 😦

  9. granny1947 says:

    Hi My Friend…think I might just try this recipe…sounds yummy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very nice Honey. xxx

  10. The biscuits sound delicious. I remember having spoonfuls of molasses when we visited farms in Zambia … why, I’m not sure! It tasted good, though, and probably kept the flies away! 🙂
    BTW, I worked with a guy here who toured with Paul Young for years, as his drummer!
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Gosh, lucky for you, I had a massive crush on Paul Young as a teen. In his song ‘Love of the common people’ I used to misquote the lyrics as ‘Daddy’s gonna buy you a green cathedral’ instead of ‘Daddy’s gonna buy you a dream to cling to’ …

      1. Cindy, I have had an idea rolling around in my head for a while about writing a post on misquoted song titles and lyrics. This is confirmation – what a hoot! xx

  11. leigh says:

    Stitched by God…..

  12. suzicate says:

    Lulubelle is precious! My household is big on molassses cookies. It’s something I usually make in the fall and winter, maybe it’s a cold weather comfort sweet for us.

    1. theonlycin says:

      All weather staple here 🙂

  13. gospelwriter says:

    Ah poor Lulubelle – so forlorn. Those cookies look lovely and I’ll bet they taste divine, especially with vanilla ice cream.

  14. Hi cindy ! first I had to translate “molasses” in French… Mélasse of course ! Memories flowed back (like the Proust´madeleines) and then I remembered the taste of it. Spoonfulls of mélasse my mother used to give my sister and I in Spring and Autumn. “It´s good for you”, she said. I will try your receipe, all spices I love. Thanks 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have a happy week Isa 🙂

  15. Tokeloshe says:

    Lulubelle is just too c-u-t-e 😉

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s