Mary Berry's Granny's Gingerbread

This delicious, old-fashioned bake from Mary Berry is an all-time classic - perfect with a hot cup of tea! From her BBC2 series, Simple Comforts.

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This delicious cake is old-fashioned and so moreish – when we were testing this recipe, we couldn’t eat it fast enough! The raw mixture is a batter, rather than a thick cake mix. The cake is beautifully sticky but light in texture and not too dense. My grandchildren love it!

Makes 24 pieces
Cook time: 35 min


225g (8oz) self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
100g (4oz) butter, diced
100g (4oz) black treacle
100g (4oz) golden syrup
100g (4oz) light muscovado sugar
1 egg, beaten
275ml (9fl oz) full-fat milk

Essential kit

You will need a: 23 x 30cm (9 x 12in) traybake tin lined with baking paper.


1. You will need a 23 x 30cm (9 x 12in) traybake tin lined with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas 4.

2. Measure the flour, bicarbonate, ginger and mixed spice into a large bowl.

3. Measure the butter, treacle, syrup and sugar into a small saucepan and heat gently until the butter has just melted. Set aside to cool a little.

4. Pour the mixture from the saucepan into the bowl of dry ingredients. Add the beaten egg and beat with a wooden spoon until combined. Gradually add the milk, beating to make a smooth batter.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 35 minutes or until dark golden and springy to the touch. Cut into 24 pieces to serve. Wrapped tightly, this keeps for up to a week.

Prepare ahead: Can be made a day ahead. 

Freeze: Freezes well.

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