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  • Makes: 1 loaf 8 inch x 10 inch approx
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Ready in: 45 mins
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This is my mums recipe and I'm assured it's very good indeed by my dad, I can't stand ground ginger so unfortunately its out for me.

Lancashire and Yorkshire both have recipes for this, so I'm not telling you which side of the Pennines this came from.


  • 225g Plain soft flour
  • 225g Unrefined brown castor sugar
  • 280g Black treacle
  • 225g Oatmeal
  • 1 level tspn Ground ginger
  • 2 Pinches salt
  • 180g Unsalted butter
  • 1 level tspn Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 level tspn Mixed spice
  • 125ml Milk

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  1. Set the oven to 180° C, Gas 4. Grease and line a deep baking tray, about 20 x 25 cm 8-10 inches
  2. Sift the flour, salt, ginger and mixed spice together.
  3. Add the oatmeal and stir well.
  4. Melt the treacle, sugar and butter together until nice and runny.
  5. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk.
  6. Pour the melted butter mixture into the dry ingredients and add the milk mixture too.
  7. Carefully stir together and pour into the prepared baking tray.
  8. Cook in the pre heated oven until well risen, and firm about 45 minutes.
  9. Cool and cut into large squares.
  10. I like to serve this with either cup of strong tea, or warm with syrup custard.