Sticky and sweet old fashioned gingerbread 47



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My grandma used to make this gingerbread. It tastes sweet but has that great ginger taste we all know and love.

Perfect for the colder nights or during the day with a cup of tea, this will become a favourite in no time.


Serves 8-10

Cooking time: 90 minutes


  • 350g (2 1/3 cups) plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 whole nutmeg, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 175g black treacle
  • 175g golden syrup
  • 175g dark brown soft sugar
  • 175g butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Grease a 20cm square, 6cm deep cake tin and line with baking paper
  2. Sift the flour, spices and pepper into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Mix the bi-carb with the milk and set aside.
  4. Gently heat the treacle, syrup, sugar, butter and 150ml water over low heat, stirring until melted and well blended.
  5. Add syrup mixture to flour and spices and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, then the bi-carb and milk mix.
  6. Pour mixture into the tin and bake for 75-90 minutes until the cake is well risen.

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  1. Beautiful.. The trouble with the old recipes is the gluttony today.. Future generations might find that all that substituting to make a healthier product that we can eat more of- will have its own downside- just a thought.

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    • So true Sandra although in my case it is the type 1 diabetes that any type of sugar (even small amounts) and sometimes fats that say a no no to me

  2. My nanna was a great baker – whenever I used to pay her a visit I always left with a slab of cake (“I’ve just taken a ginger cake out of the oven”) ! She lived to a ripe old age and her grandchildren thrived on her (and my mum’s) home cooking. Old school recipes and ingredients are only bad for your health if you are a guts and don’t move ! Miss Eva and Betty every day.

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    • Whether you are a greedy guts and don’t move or a skinny scoot about Minnie this is too much sugar and fat for the body’s health to be in one li’l old cake!

  3. My Nanna made things like this. Lived till her 90’s .
    A good rule is if you grandparents didn’t eat it- don’t. Stick to real food like they did. Almost all of our food today has been tampered with.

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