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Panamanian Gingerbread (Yiyimbre)

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"This is a simple recipe for ginger bread. It is sold mostly in the Chiriqui province of Panama and is very popular. It uses fresh ginger so the flavor is hot and delicious. Try it with a glass of warm milk!"

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Original recipe makes 70 - 2x2 inch pieces Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    3 hrs 15 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease and flour a 15x20-inch baking dish. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. Mix together the shortening, ginger, and molasses until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture until no dry lumps remain. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Cut into 2-inch squares. Cool 2 to 3 more hours before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 09, 2010

Reminds me of home! My nanny was from Bocas del Toro and she use to make it adding: 4 egg yokes 8 oz of butter instead of vegetable shortening 10 oz of sugar For added flavor I also sprinkle some coconut on top. Huge favorite in my household!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 19, 2010

bad reciepe for bread, no liquid or egg, only one binder which is a small amount. I added 1 whipped egg whites, 1 egg yolk and a tsp of milk and it came out better - still was too chewy though due to too much molasses.


6 Ratings

Feb 01, 2010

Are there supposed to be eggs in this recipe??? Mine came out flat as a pancake and dense as a brick and slightly scorched 34 minutes in the oven. Is the temperature correct??? Very disappointed. Having guests tomorrow and meal is Panamanian themes after a trip to Bouquete with a group. Bummer.

Jul 05, 2011

Really good! I would definitely make it again!

Apr 04, 2011

I wanted to like this. I read the reviews before making it, and added apple sauce to moisten it and give it a little more lift. It has a good taste, but still needs a little "something", and it is too dense.

Mar 01, 2011

I love this RECIPE!


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  • Calories
  • 127 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.9 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 29 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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