Gingerbread Loaf Recipe

February 4, 2014

The other day I was reading Madhouse Family Reviews blog and Cheryl found a use for a tin of black treacle that she had lurking in the back of the cupboard. She made some rather nice looking treacle toffee with it. Whilst reading her recipe it reminded me that I also had a tin of black treacle lurking at the back of my cupboard and I decided it was time to get rid of it. I have memories of eating treacle toffee in the past but I wasn’t a great fan, I think it is one of those things you either like or hate. I needed to come up with another use for it or be stuck with the tin forever.

I originally bought the tin of black treacle to make gingerbread tealight table decorations. The black treacle worked really well in gingerbread so I thought I would continue the theme and make a Gingerbread loaf. We used to eat ginger loaf with custard as kids and always used to really love it. I wondered if I could make something similar.

Gingerbread loafThe result was lovely, a really rich ginger cake that was lovely and tasty on its own with a cup of tea. It would also be really nice with custard as I remember it from the past. The treacle seems to bring out the ginger more making it really warm and spicy, perfect eaten when the wind is blowing round the house as it was at the weekend.

Gingerbread loafYou could also smear a slice with butter and enjoy it that way. It is up to you how you serve it, once made it will not stay around for long. It makes a lovely addition to the tea table or a pudding served after dinner.

Gingerbread Loaf Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Author: Alison
  • 185 g 6 oz plain flour
  • 110 g 4 oz self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 140 g 5 oz light soft brown sugar
  • 260 g 9oz black treacle
  • 185 ml milk
  • 80 ml olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C 350F Gas Mark 4
  2. Grease and line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
  3. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the bicarbonate of soda, ginger and mixed spice.
  4. Add the sugar and mix well.
  5. Add the treacle, milk, oil and eggs and mix until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes in the centre of the oven.
  7. Test that a knife or skewer comes out clean when pushed into the loaf to ensure it is cooked.
  8. Leave to cool in the tin for about ten minutes then turn out onto a wire rack.

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11 responses to “Gingerbread Loaf Recipe”

  1. jenny paulin says:

    oooh yes i do like gingerbread and keep saying i must make some of my own. reminds me of my Mum buying that McVities one when i was a kid which we would have with custard! i am sure that yours tastes much better though x x

  2. Honest Mum says:

    Oh wow that looks so fluffy and light and dreamy…perfect with a cuppa! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  3. I love ginger, love that it can go in sweet cakes and spicy cooking too, your cake looks lovely and yes, slather (one smear is never enough!) in butter! x

  4. Coombemill says:

    I love gingerbread, so tasty & sticky yet light

  5. Oooh perfect – now I know what to do with the rest of the tin ! I made treacle honeycomb too which worked better than the treacle toffee (although Sophie loved that too !)

  6. OOH that looks like just the thing with a cup of tea!

  7. Annwen says:

    That looks delicious, can you make me one? 😉

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