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Bonfire Night Gingerbread (5th of November)

Updated on September 19, 2012

Gingerbread treat!

Remember, remember the 5th of November! Bonfire night for anybody that doesn't know is an English celebration day on the 5th of November, also known as Guyfawkes night. It is celebrated with firework displays, catherine wheels and sparklers all over the country, in parks, back gardens and fields, on the night of 5th of November. There is also lots of traditional food that is typically eaten on bonfire night, to look forward to. This ranges from bonfire toffee, toffee lollies, toffee apples on a stick, apples dipped in chocolate, with coloured sprinkles on top and put on a wooden stick, pie and peas with mint sauce and gravy, faggots and gingerbread. These are some of the foods we look forward to. Here is a simple recipe for bonfire night gingerbread, Obviously, gingerbread can be eaten at any time of the year and makes a lovely warming treat with a nice cuppa tea :-)


* 225g (8oz) self raising flour

* 115g (4oz) light soft brown sugar

* 3 tsp ground ginger (or ginger essence)

* 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

* 55g (2oz) butter

* 50g (2oz) treacle

* 65g (2 1/2 oz) golden syrup

* 1 egg

* 200ml (7floz) milk


1) Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper.

2) Sift all the dry ingredients except the sugar into a large mixing bowl.

3) Warm the sugar, butter, treacle and syrup in a pan over a low heat until the butter has just melted. Stir the melted ingredients into the centre of the dry mix together with the milk and beaten egg. Beat thoroughly with a wooden spoon.

4) Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the centre of an oven for about an hour or until well risen and just firm to the touch.

5) Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. When cold, wrap in foil without removing the lining paper.

6) Cut in squares and have a piece with a nice cup of tea! Enjoy :-)


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    • lemonkerdz profile image

      lemonkerdz 5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

      Hi ninasvoice this is one of my all time favorites, will give it a go. just need to replicate that smokey evening and get the fireworks out.

      For the U.S readers to replace the Golden Syrup that is amazing stuff, you can use Corn Syrup which is very similar but does not have a stronger taste like the U.K syrup. Thanks for the great dessert.

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      Ninasvoice 5 years ago from England

      Hello, I think corn syrup would be fine as it is very similar to golden syrup. I love Maple syrup, but the taste of that is stronger and a bit different to treacle. It is the treacle that makes the toffee like taste. I'm not sure if maple syrup would have the same effect, because treacle is a lot thicker and gluppier than maple syrup. I've never tried maple syrup, if you give it ago with maple syrup you'll have to let me know how it turned out. It may work :-)

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      JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Hello there! Hailing here from across the pond in the state of Michigan. I was drawn to the mere thought of gingerbread and then got caught up in a cultural experience with "faggots", "treacle", and "golden syrup", which took me to Wikipedia to find out what I was missing. For the recipe, I'm not sure I can find treacle and golden syrup here. How about corn syrup and/or maple syrup?

      Loved the fireworks!