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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sticky ginger loaf

It's hard to believe that a simple two-egg cake could be so full of flavours and richness. I've been wanting to make gingerbread for ages, but have lost my cousin Rosemary's recipe - it's her signature piece. Sadly, she's too ancient to bake these days, and wasn't too sure about the recipe when I asked her a few weeks ago. So, time to try something new.

This one's from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's new book, Every Day, and it's good. Really good. Is-two-slices-enough?-good. Even if you think you don't like ginger, or black treacle. AND it keeps well.

Sticky ginger loaf

75g butter
150g dark muscovado sugar
150g black treacle
150g golden syrup
75g rum
2 medium eggs
225g self-raising flour
1 tsp mixed spice
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
75g preserved ginger, chopped

Prepare a large bread tin. Heat the oven to 180C.

Melt the butter, sugar, treacle and syrup. Add the rum and beaten eggs. Sift in the flour and spices. Beat until smooth, then add the chopped ginger. Pour into the tin and bake for 50 minutes. Leave in the tin to cool.

If you like, you can brush the cold cake with a little syrup from the preserve jar.

PS Another time, I'd put in more preserved ginger. And I'd be happy to substitute the rum for ginger wine. It's just that I've got a bottle of rum no-one drinks that was old when my mother--in-law gave it to me, half empty, nearly 25 years ago.

PPS This would be good for cricket teas: one would be enough to make half slices for both teams. Great for a cold day at the start of the season.


TopVeg said...

Just the job! Have to bake for the autumn fair which is in 2 weeks time, but we are going away for the week before (if you follow!)
Anyway, it will be maturing nicely if I hand it over before we go!


silverpebble said...

Oh this looks absolutely delicious - thankyou! I've been tempted by that book several times but until I splash out this is something delicious and warming to be getting along with.

Janice said...

mmmm I love gingerbread. I haven't made one for ages, I think I might just have to try it again.

colleen said...

Joanna - lovely to hear from you over at mine. Delighted to have found your food blog. This parkin is just about perfect for this time of year and I'm sure I'll be trying it out.