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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.25 / 5 (191 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
1 hr
1 loaf

This deliciously treacly gingerbread from Rachel Allen comes with a lemon drizzle-like topping.


1. You will need a 13cm x 23cm (5in x 9in) loaf tin. Line the loaf tin with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 170C/gas 3.

2. Melt the butter, golden syrup and molasses (or treacle) in a small saucepan over a low heat. Set aside.

3. Sift the flours, bicarbonate of soda, spices and pepper into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and salt, then add the milk and egg and mix until smooth. Gradually add the melted butter mixture, stirring until well incorporated, then fold in the chopped crystallised ginger. The mixture will be runny.

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for 50–55 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Do not open the oven to test before the gingerbread has cooked for at least 45 minutes. Allow the cake to stand for 10 minutes in the tin before removing to a wire rack to cool.

5. For the syrup: place all the ingredients for the syrup in a small saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Prick the hot cake all over with a fine skewer, pour over the syrup and leave to cool completely.

6. For the topping: if you wish to make it, mix the icing sugar and lemon juice together in a small bowl until thick, then spread carefully over the top of the cake with a palette knife or a table knife, allowing some icing to drip over the edges. Serve when the icing has set slightly.


For the syrup

  • 80 g caster sugar
  • 80 ml water
  • 1 tsp finely grated ginger

For the topping (optional)

  • 200 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 lemon, juice only

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Just the BEST gingerbread recipe, it is a regular here now. Delicious as a cake or warm with custard.

Jacqueline55971 Jacqueline55971  Posted 02 Feb 2012 8:08 PM

Dark, sticky, spicy and intensely flavoured. If you love ginger, try this cake! Simple to make and it keeps brilliantly. Without the frosting it makes a lovely pudding. Five stars, if my computer would co-operate!

NicolaB15118 NicolaB15118  Posted 17 Sep 2011 6:47 AM

Probably the best gingerbread I have ever tasted.

TracyT1539 TracyT1539  Posted 02 Sep 2011 2:24 PM