Best ever gingerbread

Gingerbread 1
Gingerbread 1

Gingerbread-1Kiwi chef Al Brown is a whiz at simple, delicious recipes – here’s one for an absolute classic – homemade gingerbread. This makes one large loaf, or two small ones.

Warning: this is highly addictive, particularly with a generous slathering of butter!

You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tbl powdered ginger
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cup golden syrup
  • 225gm butter (roughly diced)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 250ml milk


Pre heat your oven to 150 degrees. Grease and line two standard loaf tins with baking paper.

In a large bowl, sift the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, mixed spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

In a small saucepan add the golden syrup and butter. Melt over low heat. Add the golden syrup and butter mix, followed by the lightly beaten eggs and milk, to the sifted ingredients. Whisk to combine, then pour into your prepared loaf tins.

Cook the gingerbread for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. If you’re making one large loaf, you will need to cook the loaf for a bit longer. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for 30 minutes before turning out.

Break out the cups of tea, put your feet up and enjoy!