As Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated across the UK on the 5th of November obviously , always seems a bit perverse that the foiling of conspiratorial plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 should be celebrated 400 years later by setting of hundreds of tonnes of fireworks
On bonfire night my grandma would make Parkin a dense gingery cake from the North of England it has a real taste of bonfires .This weekend while lolling on the sofa watching a repeat of Market Kitchen , the lovely Sophie Grigson a cookery goddess demonstrated a Sticky Gingerbread . I was particularly attracted to it longevity , ideally you should leave it in a box before eating for at least 3 days after baking to increase stickiness
I had to make a few changes since the Golden Syrup jar was more empty than expected and on the subject of golden syrup how come they don’t make packaging this beautiful anymore
( slightly amended from original Sophie Grigson recipe http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/595329)
Makes 9 massive pieces
280g plain flour
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
* 1/4 tsp Salt
170g unsalted butter, softened
190g light muscovado sugar
100g golden syrup
4 knobs preserved stem ginger, chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Line the base of a 20cm square cake tin with foil
2. Sift the flour with the bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt.
3. Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the golden syrup, then the egg
4. Beat in the flour then the milk to form a smooth batter. Stir in the stem ginger and scrape into the prepared tin.
5. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until firm to the touch.
6. Let the gingerbread cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool. Cut into squares , place in an airtight tin and leave for a few days
Or as long as you can wait
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