- 250g chunk of pumpkin or squash flesh (the scoopings from your Halloween pumpkin are perfect)
Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween…
- 50g black treacle
- 140g golden syrup
Golden syrup is a clear, sparkling, golden-amber coloured, sweet…
- 140g light soft brown sugar
- 100ml semi-skimmed milk
- 100g cold butter, diced, plus extra for greasing
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 225g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 2 medium eggs, beaten
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
- 8-10 chunks crystallised ginger, thinly sliced
Put the pumpkin or squash in a microwave- proof bowl with a dribble of water. Cover with cling film, pierce with a couple of holes and cook in a microwave on High for 5-10 mins, or until the pumpkin is soft and mashable. Drain off the water and mash until smooth. Put the treacle, syrup, sugar and milk in a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin with a strip of baking parchment. Sift the flour, bicarb, spices and a pinch of salt into a bowl together. Tip in the diced butter and rub with your fingertips until no big lumps remain.
Whisk the mash and the egg into the lukewarm syrupy mixture, then stir everything into the dry ingredients. Pour the batter into the prepared tin, scatter with most of the crystallised ginger and bake for 45 mins until a skewer poked into the centre comes out with just moist crumbs attached. Scatter over the remaining sliced ginger to stick, then cool in the tin. This cake tastes delicious once thoroughly cooled and sliced, but even better if wrapped in parchment and foil, and left for a couple of days to mature. Perfect with a cuppa, smeared with some butter.