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.
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.
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!
- 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
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 ?
- Mini Toad in the Hole (gluten free), from Kate at Gluten Free Alchemist
- Yorkshire Puddings, a side-by-side comparison from me at Only Crumbs Remain
- Wensleydale Cheese Tart, made using a Yorkshire cheese, from me at Only Crumbs Remain
- Vegan Rhubarb Muffins from Midge at The Peachick’s Bakery
- Sweet Autumn Dessert Yorkshire Puddings with Vanilla Sauteed Pear & Walnuts and Blackberry Coulis from Kate at Gluten Free Alchemist
- Yorkshire Curd Tart, from me at Only Crumbs Remain
- Yorkshire Fat Rascals from Choclette at Tin and Thyme
- Stan’s Rhubarb Crumble Shortbread from Nico at YumSome
- Rhubarb & Custard Genoise Cake from me at Only Crumbs Remain
So, here’s how to make Homemade Gingerbread Cake
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!
Hands on time: 15 mins Bake time: 40- 45 mins Yield: 1 x 25cm long loaf cake, producing about 12 slices
1 x 900g loaf tin measuring approx 25cm x 11cm x 7cm
- 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
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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