Friday, 5 November 2010

a little bit of christmas cheer (i know it's early!)

On Monday Scott Mills started playing Christmas songs on his afternoon radio show...just one song a day, mind you, but still!! CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!! There is nothing a little bit of Christmas cheer can't cure...armed with a grande gingerbread latte I stirred some Christmas lovin into a gorgeous batch of sticky, spicy gingerbread cake.

Topped with a glorious splodge of clotted cream (yum yum yum) this is the perfect start to the Christmas season!

Adapted from Nigella Kitchen
Guinness Gingerbread

150g butter, plus some for greasing
300g golden syrup
200g dark muscavado sugar
250ml Guinness (I used Newcastle Brown Ale)
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (I used mixed spice)
300g plain flour
2 teaspoons bicarb of soda
300ml sour cream
2 eggs

o PRE HEAT oven to 170 degrees.  Line a square tin (23cm) with foil and grease it.
o PUT butter, sugar, syrup, Guinness, ginger, cinnamon and ground cloves into a pan and melt gently over low heat.
o TAKE off heat and whisk in the flour and bicarb (make sure there are no lumps...I actually sifted my flour)
o Whisk in the sour cream and eggs together in a measuring jug and then beat into gingerbread mixture until smooth.
o POUR into lined square tin, and bake for about 45 mins, or until tester comes out clean (I found it was cooked through but the tester wasn't totally clean...the cake is dense) 
o LET cool before cutting into slices (and topping with clotted cream!!!)

 Gingerbread on Foodista


  1. I know what you're writing about - I just LOVE Christmas and can't wait it! Especially this year as it's our first Christmas with Baby J :)

    Cheers from cold and rainy Ireland.

  2. Anula...its been so warm over here the last few days, hardly christmassy weather....but i can't help myself!!! :) baby's first christmas!!! sooo exciting! x

  3. Oooooh, what could be nicer with a gingerbread latte than some sticky gingerbread? This recipe looks amazing, I must give it a go!


  4. is totally divine!!! and...if you are drinking in at starbucks...have the whipped cream (points or not) :)

  5. xmas song per day and one piece of gingerbread cake per day --- what a great start to the season!!!!


  6. Lovely!!! I cant wait for any excuse to get christmassy and what better way than a gingerbread latte - good coffee is the one thing I really miss living out in the sticks! -enjoy x

  7. This is a delicious recipe and One I would love to make soon.I hope you could add this Foodista widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about ginger bread, Thanks!