Ginger loaf

So it’s got cold. Again.

After a lovely weekend off visiting people, I fancied a speedy bit of baking to ward off the cold and I turned to Edd Kimber’s Guinness Parkin – a very good, dense, toothsome kind of ginger loaf which is an absolute breeze to make and a great thing to have knocking around the house if you are in the mood for a bit of old-fashioned, cakey goodness.

You can find the recipe here: it really is very good and despite all the treacle (yes, that’s a whole half-tin of the black stuff) it’s neither too sweet or overly bitter. I don’t keep Guinness in the house (haven’t developed a taste for it) so I make Edd’s non-alcoholic variant with milk which turns out just fine indeed.

Procedure-wise, it’s dead easy – melt the butter, cream the sugar and eggs into a froth, melt the treacle into the milk/Guinness and then mix everything together and fold in the dry ingredients. You bake it for what seems like forever but it does go from completely liquid to done-to-a-turn in a blink of an eye so keep an eye on it…

I didn’t stray from Edd’s recipe (he won the Great British Bake Off for a reason, kids) but I do like to add a cheeky glacé icing to drizzle over the top – the cake is very rich and dark so some lighter sweetness is quite welcome and using lemon juice instead of water makes for a more interesting icing – about 3tsp of juice to 100g of icing sugar is about right for a drizzle-able icing.

Anyway, give it a try! If you like spicy, gingery cake, this is the cake for you.

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