Recipe

Gingerbread loaves

Delicious and comforting gingerbread loaves - a perfect weekend recipe the whole family will enjoy!

  • 35 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking
  • Makes 16
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Ingredients

Gingerbread loaves
  • 200 gram butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup (275g) caste (superfine) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (270g) treacle
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cup (450g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
Vanilla icing
  • 3 cup (480g) icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 2 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk

Method

Gingerbread loaves
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease two 8-hole (½-cup/125ml) petite loaf pans.
  • 2
    Beat butter and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Pour in treacle; beat 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in sifted dry ingredients, then milk. Spoon mixture into pan holes.
  • 3
    Bake loaves about 25 minutes. Leave loaves in pans for 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto wire racks to cool.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, make vanilla icing: sift icing sugar into a heatproof bowl; stir in butter, extract and milk to form a smooth paste. Place bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water; stir until icing is spreadable.
  • 5
    Spread icing on loaves; stand until set.

Notes

You could make this recipe in muffin pans; line holes of two 12-hole (⅓-cup/80ml) muffin pans with paper cases. Spoon mixture into cases. Bake for about 20 minutes.

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