Sunday, 30 July 2017

Homemade Gingerbread Cake

Made to mark Yorkshire Day, this Gingerbread cake is delicious, flavoursome & aromatic.  Gingerbread Cake is easy to make using the melting method and stores really well, improving as each day passes.  Though when cake tastes this good you'll not want to put it back in the tin!

Homemade Gingerbread Cake recipe using the melting method


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If you've made a homemade gingerbread I'm sure you'll appreciate the wonderful spicy aroma which filled our home just the other day, and for those who've never made one I really must encourage you to give it a try.  It's such a warm and comforting smell which brings about such anticipation, not to mention the wonderful spicy flavour of the cake itself.

Being made using the melting method, gingerbread recipes are really easy.  The hardest part is having the patience and self restraint not to slice into the the cake straight away!   By storing it in an airtight container for a day or two the cake is allowed to mature encouraging a deeper flavour and a slightly sticky crust to develop.

But if patience isn't your thing, or you're wanting a quick and satisfying cake this gingerbread cake still delivers.  It really is a fabulous cake whether you decide to slice into it as soon as it's cooled or if you package it up for a couple of days awaiting that extra depth of flavour.

How to make homemade Gingerbread Cake


Now, I'm the first to admit that gingerbread cake isn't the most summery of bakes for the middle of July, but it is ideal to mark Yorkshire Day, which falls on August 1st.  Serve it on it's own or why not warm it slightly in the oven to invigorate the spices a little more and serve with custard!  It's perfect for those damp and breezy days, regardless of the season.  

Now, gingerbread cake, besides being absolutely delicious has quite a special place in my heart.  My maternal Grandma regularly made one for us when we were young.  It was so incredibly good!  It never lasted long despite Mum trying to hide it from us in the cupboard whilst it matured!  I'd love to be able to tell you that this recipe was handed down from Grandma, who was also a Yorkshire girl, but she was of the generation where all of her recipes were stored in her memory and rarely written down.  Sadly she took her recipes with her.  The gingerbread recipe I'm sharing today is what Mum and I now use, and it's incredibly similar in taste to Grandmas.

Gingerbread cake is delicious, aromatic and flavoursome and very easy to make.


 

9 Places to Visit in Yorkshire


Do forgive me if I begin to sound like a travel blogger rather than the keen home baker that I am.  You see, I love my home county and as we're approaching Yorkshire Day, 1st August,  I'd like to share that with you.  So, just for a moment I'll wear my Yorkshire tourist info hat and share a handful of top Yorkshire attractions.   Yorkshire, as I'm sure you know, is the UK's biggest county and therefore has an enormous range of things to see and do, far more than I've listed here, so do check out the Welcome to Yorkshire website too if you're ever in the area!

Places to visit in Yorkshire, The Steam Train at Grosmont North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

  • Travel on the North Yorkshire Steam Train.  It runs between Pickering and Whitby over the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors with a number of stops in between. The journey is seriously amazing in itself, but you could also arrange to travel on the Pullman and dine in style - something which my parents have done recently, and completely enjoyed.
  • Explore the coast. Yorkshire has quite a long coast line with varied resorts, from the charming and sedate Robin Hood's Bay to the more bustling seaside town of Scarborough.  Whitby though is amongst my favourite being the spot where Bram Stoker's Dracula came ashore!
  • See the Puffins at Bempton! Spring is probably the best time to see these popular birds, though bring a peg with you as it can be a little stinky as they share the cliff with other nesting sea birds!
  • Visit York.  There's so much to do in this historic city.  Wander around the shambles, peruse the quaint shops, visit the train museum, explore York Minster.
  • Visit Betty's Tea Room.  If you're a fan of tearooms as much as I am then I'd certainly recommend that you pay a visit to one of Betty's tearooms - though do get there early as they can be busy!  Each of their tearooms are quaint with a relaxed atmosphere from days gone by, and serve a wonderful range of seasonal food.   
  • Explore the Yorkshire Dales.  Rolling hills, wonderful walks, and beautiful villages with plenty of tearooms to recharge your batteries.
  • Shop in the many of Yorkshire's towns and cities.  
  • Visit the Piece Hall.  Built in Halifax in 1779 to sell 'pieces' of cloth.  The Piece Hall re-opens on 1st August after undergoing a multi-million pound conservation project, with activities being held throughout all of August.  
  • Visit Howarth.  A lovely location near to the market town of Skipton, famous for being the home of the Bronte sisters.  Wander up the cobbled hill, dine in one of the tearooms, explore the parsonage and museum, and perhaps even take a stroll onto the dark brooding moor in the footsteps of Heathcliff to forage for some bilberries (though do make sure you know what your looking for before starting to forage!)  There's even the opportunity to travel on a steam train which runs through the valley.           


  9 Yorkshire Recipes 

 

If you'd like to join me marking Yorkshire Day, check out this collection of delicious Yorkshire recipes compiled with courtesy from some of my food blogging pals.  From traditional recipes, perhaps with a twist, like Yorkshire Puddings, Fat Rascals and Yorkshire Curd Tart to those which use regional ingredients like rhubarb and Wensleydale Cheese, there's something for everybody.  These Yorkshire recipes are great any time of year, not just Yorkshire Day 😊

A collection of Yorkshire recipes





So, here's how to make Homemade Gingerbread Cake





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Homemade Gingerbread Cake
Gingerbread cakes are delicious, flavoursome and aromatic.  They're easy to make using the melting method and store really well, improving as each day passes.  Though when cake tastes this good you'll not want to put it back in the tin!

Details
Hands on time: Bake time:     Yield: 1 x 25cm long loaf cake, producing about 12 slices

Specific Equipment:
    1 x 900g loaf tin measuring approx 25cm x 11cm x 7cm

Ingredients
  • 225ml Milk
  • 115g Dark Muscovado Sugar
  • 115g Golden Syrup
  • 115g Black Treacle
  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tbsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Mixed Spice
  • 115g Butter, unsalted & chilled
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten

Method
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180℃ / Fan 170℃ / Gas 4.2. Prepare the loaf tin. Grease and fully line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper. (see note a below). 3. Start to make the batter. Place the milk and sugar into a heavy bottomed pan. Set over a low heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved (it will no longer sound or feel grainy). Remove from the heat. Allow to cool down until it is lukewarm (blood-warm). 4. Heat the syrup and treacle. Meanwhile place the golden syrup and black treacle into a heavy based pan. Set on the hob over a low heat. Allow the syrups to loosen. Remove them from the heat before they become overly hot. 5. Make breadcrumbs. Meanwhile, sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and ground mixed spice into a large bowl. Add the butter and cut into cubes. Rub the butter between your thumb and finger tips until it resembles breadcrumbs. 6. Add the liquids to the breadcrumbs. Once the milk and syrup mixtures are lukewarm (blood-warm), make a well in the breadcrumbs. Pour the milk, syrup and beaten egg into the well. Beat with a balloon whisk until combined. It may bubble due to the reaction with the bicarbonate of soda.7. Bake. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean. You may need to rotate the tin after 30 minutes of baking.8. Cool. Remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack. After 5 minutes run a pallet knife around the cake.  Using the overhanging greaseproof paper lift the cake from the tin. Allow to finish cooling on the rack.9. Enjoy, either served as it is or perhaps warmed with some custard. 
Notes: a) You may find it easier to use a shaped loaf tin liner.  b) The flavours of a gingerbread cake improve with age. Ideally wrap the cake in greaseproofpaper and store in an airtight container for a couple of days before serving.











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25 comments:

  1. love gingerbread cake - it must be one of my favourites but sadly I don't make it often - having a grandmother make it often sounds really lovely - hope you enjoy some good local food on Yorkshire Day.

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    1. So do I Johanna, it brings back such fond memories of when Grandma used to bake it for us. It just seems sad that we never once thought to ask her to write the recipe down.
      Thankyou for your lovely comment,
      Angela x

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  2. Your gingerbread looks absolutely perfect. The absolute hardest thing is waiting for a day after it's baked, but it's so much nicer if you can. Lovely post and thanks for featuring my fat rascals.

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    1. You're so right Choclette, that day of waiting is so hard - but is defo worth it.
      Thankyou :-), you're more than welcome they sound absolutely fab something I've never baked but definitely want to.
      Angela x

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  3. This cake looks so moist and delicious and I am in love with the dark color! Take care.

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    1. Thankyou Stacey, it's amazing the colour some muscovado and treacle brings to a bake isn't it :-)
      Angela x

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  4. I am sure your house smells heavenly when you bake this :)! I haven't tried a gingerbread cake before..But after reading this recipe..I want to make it as soon as I can! Love the beautiful tempting pictures Angela :) :*

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    1. Ooh you must give it a try Deepika, especially if you've never tried one! I'd definitely recommend wrapping and storing it for a day or so - it's so worth the patience xx I'm sure you're going to love it :-D
      Angela x

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  5. I love your list of places to visit in Yorkshire Angela. I haven't been to any of them - I sense a future family holiday to Yorkshire coming up! And gingerbread cake is one of my all time favourites so I must give yours a go. #CookBlogShare

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    1. Aw thankyou Mandy....and you most certainly must! it's such a wonderful place - so varied - and I'm not just saying that with it being my home county either :-D
      Angela x

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  6. Happy Yorkshire Day Angela! I grew up 20 miles from Scarborough so spent a lot of time on the Yorkshire coast as a child and have ridden the steam train although at least 25 years ago now! Your homemade gingerbread cake looks delicious and I'm definitely craving some. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

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    1. Thankyou Corina :-D It must have been wonderful growing up so near to the Yorkshire coast, I just love that coast line.
      Angela x

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  7. Happy Yorkshire Day. Well i might have been there last week but after reading this Im thinking I must go back again soon!. Ive ticked a few of your suggestions off already but still some more to do, Would love to do the steam train!

    Gingerbread is something I have grown to love and your recipe sounds fabulous but i do have difficulty keeping any cake in our house for more than a day now that my too boys are living at home again. So i'll have to take your word that it improves with keeping:)

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    1. Haha, you definitely ought to come back up to Yorkshire Jacqui - there really is tons to see and do - the steam train is really amazing. Hubby and I had travelled on it a couple of years ago just as regular passengers and thoroughly enjoyed the sedate feel to it. And we arranged for Mum and Dad to have a 4 course meal in the Pullman a couple of months ago for Dad's 70th. They were really accomadating for Dad's diet, and from what they told us the service and food on the day was first class. Definitely something they'd do again. I think the only snag was that the train stopped at one of the stations for quite some time due to an issue with the train - but given that the trains have so much age to them (and therefore character) you can understand the continuous maintenance they need. Definitely worth while Jacqui.
      Haha, I can well imagine that setting the tin aside for a day or so is challengining with your sons back home. I know mum had the same problem when we were young.
      Thanks for your lovely comment Jacqui,
      Angela x

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  8. Happy Yorkshire Day!!! I'm not sure I knew there was a Yorkshire Day until you started talking about it...You got us all wondering at dinner time today whether there was a Sussex Day...turns out there is - on the 16th June. So we'll have to wait nearly a whole year to celebrate it - gah! This cake sounds so lovely - I would definitely NOT have the patience to wait a day or to for it to mature, though! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x

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    1. Thankyou Eb :-) There seems to be a day for just about everything these days doesn't there, cheesecake day, nutella day.....so I'd have been very surprised if you didn't have a Sussex Day. Such a shame that it's almost a yr away though - you'll have to diary it and mark it next year with a recipe Eb :-) It does take some patience and will power to wrap it up and let it mature for a day or so, especially when it already smells so good when it comes out of the oven - but it really really is worth that little wait.
      Angela x

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  9. Happy Yorkshire Day! This cake looks like a wonderful way to celebrate and I'm imagining the amazing smell of this cooking as I read it :)

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    1. Thankyou so much, it really is an amazing aroma whilst it bakes - and just as good when the cake tin is opened if you're restrained enough to let it mature :-)
      Angela x

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  10. I'm from Yorkshire originally! Your cake looks lovely Cx

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    1. Yay, another Yorkshire lass! Thanks Clare,
      Angela x

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  11. Wow! That gingerbread cake looks to die for. I made a gluten free version last Christmas which was so good I made it about 5 times, but I share your angst on the patience front. It was so so hard!
    Thank you so much for including two of my recipes xx

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    1. It really is difficult isn't it - but so definitely worth the wait :-)
      You're more than welcome Kate, they both sound absoltely delicious,
      Angela x

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  12. Fabulous Ginger Cake.I have pinned it as have never found a recipe that is quite right and this one looks perfect as usual!!xx

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    1. Aw thankyou Jenny, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do if you get to give it a try :-)
      Angela x

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  13. Such an enticing cake to enjoy with Yorkshire tea, definitely my kind of bake. Commenting as Britmums Baking Round-up Editor. :)

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