WWII Lunch – Ginger Bread

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From the ad text

Bake him a gingerbread

Little touches like home-baked bread and cake, a thermos filled with old-fashioned soup, or a small jar of his favourite salad, make a box lunch much more like a meal at home.

The fact is, every hard-working man in our war industry deserves and needs heartier, tastier food than the average box lunch offers. The gingerbread pictured on this page is one part of a perfect answer. It’s light, velvety satisfying. It is well-blessed with homemade taste.

Try this tested recipe. It will make sufficient gingerbread for several generous lunch box servings plus enough for two dinners for a family of four. And it’s easy to bake when you use home-type flour like Kitchen Craft.

2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 cup sugar
1 cup salad oil
1 cup molasses
1 cup boiling water
2 eggs


Sift flour, measure; sift again with baking soda, salt and spices. Combine sugar, salad oil and molasses; add boiling water; stir until well mixed. Add dry ingredients gradually, beating well after each addition. Add well-beaten eggs. Bake in well-greased square pan (8x8x2) in moderate oven (350˚F) 40 minutes or until gingerbread is done.