This recipe is adapted from the vintage soft gingerbread recipe that appears in Old Receipts from Old St. Johns; it is attributed to Northampton Plantation. Gone now, the plantation on the lower Santee River was home to an illustrious line of owners, among them General William Moultrie. Born in Charleston to Scottish parents, Moultrie became a Revolutionary War hero and an admired friend of George Washington. In the mid-nineteenth century the noted botanist Dr.
This is a fine-crumbed, old-fashioned, cakelike gingerbread. Serve with crème fraîche (page 24) or boiled custard.
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