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Gingerbread

About this recipe: This delicious dark, lightly spiced gingerbread is hard to resist. Enjoy a slice with a cup of tea or try it for pudding, with custard or a little cream or crème fraîche plus, perhaps, a spoonful of fresh apple compote.

Norma MacMillan

Ingredients
Serves: 10 

  • 115 g (4 oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 85 g (3 oz) unsalted butter
  • 170 g (6 oz) treacle
  • 85 g (3 oz) plain white flour
  • 85 g (3 oz) plain wholemeal flour
  • 55 g (2 oz) rye flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz) semi-skimmed milk

Method
Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F, gas mark 3). Lightly grease a 900 g (2 lb) loaf tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.
  2. Place the sugar, butter and treacle in a saucepan and heat gently until melted and well blended, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
  3. Sift the white flour, wholemeal flour, rye flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, ginger and mixed spice into a large bowl, tipping in any bran left in the sieve. Make a well in the centre and pour in the melted mixture, together with the eggs and milk. Beat together until smooth (the mixture will be very runny). Pour into the prepared tin.
  4. Bake for 1b–1 1/2 hours or until risen, firm to the touch and nicely browned. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Gingerbread can be kept, wrapped in foil or in an airtight container, for up to 1 week.

Each serving provides

A, B6, B12, calcium, copper, iron, selenium, zinc

Some more ideas

Use half molasses and half golden syrup for a slightly lighter gingerbread. * Make moist apple gingerbread, which is lower in sugar and fat than the main recipe. Peel, core and thinly slice 1 dessert apple (about 140 g/5 oz) and place it in a small pan with 1 tbsp water. Cover and cook gently for 10–15 minutes or until soft and pulpy, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and mash the apple to a purée, then set aside to cool. Make the cake mixture as in the main recipe, but reducing the sugar to 55 g (2 oz) and the butter to 45 g (1½ oz). Add the apple pure with the melted mixture.

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