Thanks so much to the folks at Pillsbury for sponsoring this post and for providing Pillsbury products for me to have some fun with.
A few years ago I was asked to contribute a family recipe to a fundraiser cookbook. Immediately I knew that I’d choose Pink Salad, a staple at every Thanksgiving and Christmas throughout my childhood and a recipe passed down from my great grandmother, Edna. I told my mom all about how I chose this special heirloom recipe and she laughed.
“That recipe isn’t from Edna! It’s something I clipped out of the newspaper!”
As soon as I was contacted about baking with Pillsbury, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Gingerbread with my mother’s unique lemon sauce. Never before in the history of gingerbread eating have people ever had this delicious combination!
I called my mom at work and asked her for the recipe for the lemon sauce. Since she doesn’t have a photographic memory (SHEESH!), I had to wait ALL DAY to hear back from her with the recipe. She finally called me when she got home and I set to work making the gingerbread and with the super secret surprise lemon sauce.
“So this isn’t like, a family recipe? Something only people in our family do?” I asked.
“No, it came right off the side of a Pillsbury Gingerbread Mix box.”
I guess it does. How about that? That lemon sauce recipe IS right on the side of the Gingerbread mix.
ANY.WAY. I got Ella dressed appropriately in a gingerbread man apron to help make the gingerbread. Since it had to bake for 25-30 minutes and the lemon sauce requires that you stir it constantly for at least 7 minutes, she quickly lost interest until the cake was finished baking and ready for a generous drizzling of lemon sauce.
“Mommy,” Ella asked once she saw the gingerbread, “Why doesn’t it look like a gingerbread man? There’s a gingerbread man on the box?”
It’s an easy mistake to make. Like mother, like daughter.