24 July 2012

Treacle Gingerbread Loaf


This moist, treacley gingerbread comes from Grandma's Quick & Thrifty Cookbook
. A great title for this day and age, especially with the state of the economy and all our purse strings pulling tighter.

I was excited to have a good read of this cookbook. I was expecting great things from it.

It starts off with some great tips on preserving fruit, vegetables and herbs. There are energy saving tips, ways to use leftovers and ideas to make meals go further. And ...... then come the recipes.




I have to tell you I felt deflated and disappointed when I got to them. I don't know what I was expecting, as these are billed as Grandma's recipes, so there wasn't ever going to be any ground-breaking, stylish dishes, but still I was disappointed. There might be some great family dishes if you are a meat eater, but none of the veggie or vegetable dishes inspired me at all.

I might have given up at this point, but I carried on reading until I got to the jewel in the crown. First a chapter called Desserts and then on to Bread, Cakes, Biscuits and other Treats.

You just can't beat traditional cakes and biscuits. If you need a spot of comfort food, you won't find anything nicer than one of Grandma's puddings.

I would recommend buying this book for these chapters alone. I still wasn't convinced after my first read, but I find myself picking it up again and again. I've also had requests for the recipe from my mum and her friend Margaret. So I am actually going to end on a high note and say this book is worth buying for the Tips, Desserts, Baking and the Basics at the end of the book.

Here are a few of the traditional sweet and baked recipes:

  • Chocolate Pudding in Teacups
  • Jam Roly Poly
  • Plum Cobbler
  • Baked Custard
  • Apple Strudel
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Big Fruity Tea Bun
  • Date & Walnut Loaf
  • Devil's Food Cake
  • Grandma's Never-Fail Sponge
  • Jam Drop Biscuits
  • Gingersnap Biscuits
  • Melting Moments
  • Gingerbread Men
  • Coconut Macaroons

Vegetarian Recipe Count 113 out of 200 recipes (with a change of stock in a couple of recipes)
Vegan Recipe Count
22 out of 200 recipes


Grandma's Quick & Thrifty Cookbook

Format:  Paperback
Pages:  384
Publisher:  Reader's Digest
ISBN:  978-1780200019
Published:  4 Oct 2011
Size:  25.4 x 19.6 x 2.8 cm

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The gingerbread is also great slathered in butter.


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Treacle Gingerbread Loaf
A sticky, gingery slice of cake heaven, that is a real easy bake.
For a real treat, slather in butter.
Ingredients
  • 185g plain flour
  • 110g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 140g soft brown sugar
  • 250g black treacle
  • 185ml milk
  • 80ml olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4. Grease a 10cm x 20cm x7cm (1lb) loaf tin and line with baking parchment or greaseproof paper, ensuring that the paper extends 3cm above tin. (I used a loaf tin insert, which didn't rise above the tin and it was fine)2.Sift the flours, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and mixed spice in a large bowl. Stir in the sugar until well combined. Whisk the treacle, milk, olive oil and eggs in a jug. Add to the flour and stir until just combined.3. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a cake skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and allow it to cool completely.Variation: If you like, you can use golden syrup instead of black treacle.
Details
Total time:
Yield: 1 loaf cake

 



Disclosure Statement: I received this book free from the publisher to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.  

39 comments:

  1. This looks so darkly rich and spicy - yum. I absolutely adore the sound of black treacle but haven't had much luck finding it in Australia, I'd love to bake with it!

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    1. That's a shame. You can make a lighter version with golden syrup or even maple syrup. The spices will still shine through.

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  2. What a flavoursome recipe. This Treacle Gingerbread Loaf sounds full of flavours, I have treacle in my cupboard but I do not use it very often. I forget how delicious this simple loaf tastes.

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    1. Get baking then Rita, you know you want to :)

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  3. I love this gingerbread cake and this looks wonderfully rich and moist and delicious!

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    1. Thanks, it was lovely and moist. A keeper!

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  4. A GREAT entry for Tea Time Treats and SNAP! I also felt VERY disappointed when I first read my copy of the SAME book and for the same reasons too Jac....that recipe however, looks LUSH! LOVELY cake and GREAT photos too! Karen

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    1. I wonder have you gone back to it Karen? I think the baking section is fabulous.

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  5. Ooh that last photo with the butter slathered on, I want some. Suppose I'll have to add it to my ever growing to bake list - how's a girl meant to cook for her own blog when people like you are tempting me with these sweet treats!

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  6. ooh gorgeous gingerbread, love how dark it looks. Gingerbread always sells well at cake stalls.

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  7. Well your cake looks scrummilicious Jac and wonderful photos too. But I'm not sure how many grandmas would have been using olive oil - unless they came from the Mediterranean. When I was growing up, you cold only buy it in chemists!

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    1. Well if my mum and grandmother are anything to go by, they always had some in the larder, although more as a health thing, to torture children with. Don't know if they used it for baking, so I get your point :)

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  8. That looks like a] seriously good loaf cake. I never used to like treacle but now love it. Never tried it in such large quantities but I know it would work so well in a cake along with the spices. Olive oil s a revelation but one I approve of, think it works very well in cakes!

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    1. The olive oil does work well, although I suppose you could use melted butter instead.

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  9. Hmmm we've never used treacle, I'm not sure it's even available in the supermarkets here. This looks amazing though, very moist and delicious! We also love that you list how many of the recipes are vegetarian and vegan:)

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    1. I do that for all my cookbook reviews now. I think it is useful for my veggie readers to know whether a book is worth buying or perhaps better to be borrowed from a library, if it doesn't have many relevant recipes.

      Try the loaf with golden or maple syrup instead. If using maple syrup, I would add extra spices, so the maple doesn't overshadow the flavour of the spices.

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  10. Yummy, have never baked a treacle loaf but am now tempted to try :-) Honest review. Who actually wrote the book? I wonder if it was a Grandma?!

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  11. Thanks Ren, I do try to give honest reviews. It may have been a granny. It it actually has a collection of authors, but none I have heard of.

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  12. Love gingerbread - hot with butter and a nice cuppa - book looks good too!

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    1. It is rather good with butter. Think that is a Scottish thing.

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  13. looks delicious - I tend not to buy books with lots of meat recipes because I have limited cookbook space and don't need more temptation of sweet bakes (enough in my other cookbooks) but I do love all this old fashioned baking - esp that gingerbread - looks delicious

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    1. Well, at least you now have one recipe from it. I always give the count, as it might mean people would rather borrow a copy :)

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  14. This indeed an old school dessert but a great one. Ah the memories. I have a few cookbooks from my grandmother actually, everyday meals I would not make and don't find inspiring too. But desserts can still hold a candle.

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    1. Isn't it funny that we aren't interested in the meals, but the baking still excites us?

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  15. Need to try this, tried a ginger loaf and wasn't dark and sticky enough. THis looks much better.

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    1. This is definitely a dark stick loaf and I saw someone mix it into ice cream :)

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  16. Love the way this looks - I'm a big fan of gingerbread and ginger in general and the stickiness does look good - does it get stickier with age?

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    1. It does get stickier, by the next day, although it never lasts much longer than that :)

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  18. Hi I am dropping by via Tea Time Treats. This is really unusual and it looks so moist and crumbly. Its not easy to find treacle for me, and I wonder if there is another substitute?

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    1. Try golden syrup instead Mich, it will still be spicy, but not as dark. You could also try molasses or honey.

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  19. The gingerbread looks *really* good! Great for tea time with a bit of butter.

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  20. THIS is the kind of gingerbread I've been wanting to make for aaaages! Thank you, lovely :) xx

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    1. I do hope you enjoy it. I think it is a real treat :)

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