Gingerbread baking in the oven, laden with the aroma of mixed spices and syrup, is reminiscent of bygone days and of the holiday season.
A good recipe is like a chain letter passed down from its owner to those of us who have tasted it, heard it was great, begged our friends to share it, or searched online for the best or most popular recipes. With each person who uses it, there are sometimes changes , additions, improvements or adjustments to suit the tastes of the individual.
I always feel flattered when someone likes one of my recipes, tries it out and passes it on to the next person who likes it. But this recipe belongs to Esther Woolaston from Ruth Pretty Catering New Zealand, it is fantastic, it reminds me of my childhood, when home baking was simple. I have changed it slightly by replacing the nutmeg with mixed spice only because I didn’t have any nutmeg in the house and when I saw the recipe I had to make it immediately – no time for shopping for spices I didn’t have. If you prefer you can use 1/2tsp nutmeg and 1/2tsp mixed spice.
This recipe would also be great as a Christmas pudding , baked in a pudding container, served with warm custard, brandy butter or ice cream.
- 280g flour (2 cups)
- 200g brown sugar (1 cup)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 heaped dessertspoons ground ginger
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 360g golden syrup( 11/3cups)
- 225g butter (1 US cup)
- 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
- 250ml milk (1 cup)
- Preheat oven to 150°C.
- Grease and line the base of an 11cm x 30cm loaf tin (or alternatively a 23cm square tin).
- Sift flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, mixed spice, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Remember the baking soda must be mixed in well.
- Melt golden syrup with butter and add to the dry ingredients.
- Whisk the eggs and milk and add to the mixture.Combine ingredients well, using a whisk .This mixture is very wet.
- Cook for 1 hour or until metal cake skewer comes out clean. When cooked leave in tin to cool for 30 minutes or more before turning out.
- Deliciously served cold with butter, or warm with custard or ice cream.