Jane’s ‘Fit for a Queen’ Gingerbread

I’m delighted to be taking part in this years Great Denby Cake Bake Off Competition and in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II recent epic milestone of being our Country’s longest serving monarch… here is my rather regal entry! 

This past week the lovely ladies of Sandringham Woman’s Institute revealed Queen Elizabeth enjoys ‘a nice slice of Gingerbread’ which gave me the inspiration for my recipe choice.

Jane’s ‘Fit for a Queen’ Gingerbread

You will need:

  • 175g well sifted plain flour
  • 1 level tablespoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 level dessertspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda mixed with 2 tablespoons milk
  • 75g black treacle
  • 75g golden syrup
  • 75g dark brown soft sugar
  • 75g butter
  • 75ml water
  • 1 lightly beaten egg

Set oven 170 °C/325 °F/gas 3 ~ Line a 2lb loaf tin 

  • Begin by sifting together in a roomy mixing bowl flour & all the spices – then set to one side for a moment.
  • Place together in a medium sized saucepan the water, butter, sugar, golden syrup & treacle and very gently melt all-together over a very low heat; stay with it & keep stirring and try not to let it boil.
  • Slowly and carefully trip the hot syrupy liquid into the flour and spices bowl – mixing & combining together really well.
  • Next add the beaten egg bit by bit and again mix throughly creating lots of little air bubbles which will keep the Gingerbread light in texture.

Lots of air bubbles!

  • Pour the Gingerbread mixture into your prepared tin and pop straight into the middle shelf of your pre-heated oven.

Ready to pop into the oven…

  • Bake for 1 hour before testing with a knife (if it comes out clean – it’s done!), if not – turn down the oven heat a notch (so the top of the cake doesn’t burn) and leave for another 10 minutes or so and check again…
  • Your kitchen will now be bathed in a blissful Christmassy aroma!

Fresh outta the oven!

  • Take out of the oven when you’re happy it’s baked. Carefully remove Gingerbread from the tin and leave to go cold completely on a cooling rack.

Fit for royalty!

Side note: If you can be patient – the rich taste of Gingerbread always improves by storing in an airtight container for at least 24 hours after cooling. 

Cut into thick slices at teatime, coffee time or indeed anytime!

One of my greatest kitchen pleasures is being able to serve and display my baking triumphs on beautiful cake plates (I have way too many cake plates to count!) and some of my favourites are my beloved Denby Arabesque ones which were inherited from my dear Mum.

Denby Arabesque

My Denby Arabesque Dinner Service

This may even qualify for a Garden Party at the palace!

Garden Party at my palace!

Gingerbread makes a wonderful addition to any traditional Christmas celebration too. 

Happy baking!

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20 thoughts on “Jane’s ‘Fit for a Queen’ Gingerbread

  1. Jessica says:

    That looks so delicious. I love gingerbread. I’m hosting a macmillian coffee morning in a few weeks, i’ll have to make some then.

  2. cat culmer says:

    This looks absolutely delicious, a perfect Autumnal dessert. My Nana used to have a very similar Denby set too that, more of a mustard shade though!

    Cat x

  3. Amanda says:

    Wow what a recipe!! I adore gingerbread and gingerbread men so I am going to try out your recipe above!! best of luck in the Bake off!xx Love your crockery too- totally go with the Gingerbread theme <3

  4. Claire | owlsandantlers.org says:

    Gingerbread is one of my favourite things ever! My mum used to be a stay-at-home mum when I was little and I’ll never forget coming through the door in the evenings with such excitement because I could smell the ginger biscuits baking in the oven. Such fond memories 🙂 This looks like a great recipe, I must try my hand at baking it! I love the Denby Arabesque crockery too, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Denby have such wonderful products 🙂

  5. Janine says:

    That looks delicious and would be definitely something for my hubby to be. he loves gingerbread. I haven’t tried it myself now but maybe I should add it to my list and hopefully I’ll get a chance to make it…

  6. Janine says:

    That looks delicious and would be definitely something for my hubby to be. he loves gingerbread. I haven’t tried it myself now but maybe I should add it to my list and hopefully I’ll get a chance to make it.

  7. joanna says:

    Ooh this looks so yummy I’ve not had gingerbread in awhile.
    I’ll have to try out this recipe at the weekend as am planning on doing some baking then.

  8. Anna C. says:

    Oh my gosh!!! That looks delicious! I never had gingerbread before so I have to try this recipe!! How cute are your plates??? I love them!! They have such an Autumn vibe! 😀

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