Holy heavens this gingerbread loaf is AMAZING! Dense, moist and filled with aromatic spices and the sweetness of brown sugar and treacle this is a wonderful alternative to banana bread or any sort of loaf that you enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee!
I saw this recipe for a treacle gingerbread loaf on Johanna's blog and became quite fixated on the idea of making it. So much so that I picked up a jar of treacle that week and looked forward to making it. What I love about this recipe is that it is sooo easy and the result is so wholesome and delicious that it feels like you've expended a lot more effort than you have. It's basically mix wet ingredients in with dry using a spatula, bowl and jug.
Tips for Making Gingerbread Loaf
1 - Always toss your mix ins like fruit in a little flour and this will prevent them sinking to the bottom of the cake.
2 - If you don't have treacle, you can also use molasses. However I would use a bit more sugar as molasses is less sweet than treacle. I would actually swap the quantities around and use 250g/8.8ozs of brown sugar and 140g/5ozs molasses
3 - If you don't have ginger syrup you can use juice (lemon, orange or apple will do) or water.
I love this gingerbread as it's the sort of thing that you can serve up for afternoon tea, morning tea or even breakfast and it's also perfect for when friends or family come over. I love having people over now that we have more space and I always feel like I should have something home baked to serve them. You can slice it as thin or as thick as you want and it goes great with a cup of tea. I like heating it up a little and then spreading it with butter. Ireally like how dark it is and how earthy it looks.
Speaking of dark beauties, some of you have asked how Milo is settling in. He's such a delight and so far his favourite thing is playing (obviously) and he loves car rides. Teddy sits in his booster seat next to him tolerating the ride mainly for the resulting park visit but Milo sits up enthusiastically and looks out the window curiously. He even stands on the centre console as far as his seat belt will stretch and avidly watches the traffic and cars. He is like a little brown bear with soulful eyes and enormous paws that resemble bear paws (hence his name Milo Bear).
While Teddy has always attracted some attention during walks, people go absolutely go gaga over Milo. They coo over his playful bouncing walk and friendly manner but the number one thing that they remark on is his beautiful chocolate brown coat. However we have been told that his beautiful brown fur will lighten up and probably turn grey in a few months time which saddens us a little as he is so beautiful as he us. But for now we're enjoying his royal gorgeousness!
So tell me Dear Reader, do you like gingerbread? Have you ever tried gingerbread loaf?