1/4 cup finely chopped candied lemon peel (optional)
2/3 cup golden molasses
1/2 cup (1/4 pound) unsalted butter
1 cup firmly packed
2 eggs, well beaten
1/3 to 1/2 cup buttermilk, as needed
Sift together flour, ginger, baking soda and salt; mix with oatmeal and lemon
Bring molasses to a boil and add butter and sugar.
Remove from heat and stir
until butter melts and sugar dissolves.
Cool and mix with beaten eggs.
the flour mixture, beating vigorously until well blended.
Add just enough buttermilk
to make a batter that can be dropped from a spoon.
Turn into a well buttered 10
x 12 x 3-inch baking pan and bake in preheated 325 degree F oven and bake for about
2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean. If cake browns too quickly, cover with
buttered brown paper or double thickness of aluminum foil, and continue baking.