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The House of the Seven Gables is about to take a deep dive into the history and the deliciousness of the molasses cake. There are reasons for its abiding presence in America’s food history.
How does the molasses cake call to us? So many ways. The first communication is likely visual. Its sticky surface glistens with a dark treacle-y moistness. Next up is the aroma. Breathe in the ginger. The molasses. The cinnamon with its subtle whisper, “Holiday!” A molasses cake is complex, layered with big flavors highly regarded here in New England. It’s a comfort food with formidable roots.
Those who join Kaylee Redard on Wednesday, December 1, will receive the holiday gift of a scrumptious one-layer molasses cake recipe that hearkens back to colonial Salem. Add to this a virtual one-hour discussion and baking demonstration. Molasses cake probably thrilled the wealthy Turner family that, in 1668, built and occupied the Turner-Ingersoll mansion or, as it is known today, the House of the Seven Gables.
This free Colonial Classics presentation, sponsored by The House of the Seven Gables, Is one of several food demonstrations coming up this winter that are focused on comfort foods. Register .