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Grasmere Gingerbread

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GRASMERE Gingerbread was invented in 1854 by cook Sarah Nelson who mixed and baked her spicy-sweet concoction inside her Church Cottage home – now known as 'The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop' – and sold it to villagers and visitors from a table top on a tree stump outside her front door.

Within a few years its reputation had reached nearly every corner of the country and with the advent of the steam railways tourists flocked to Grasmere to buy her delicious gingerbread.

One of the walks on our short walking break in the Lake District takes us through the village and the smell from the Grasmere Gingerbread shop makes it difficult to walk past without purchasing a piece or two.

Gingerbread Slice

Jane who owns the Three Shires Inn where we host our four day breaks makes a similarly scrumptious gingerbread slice. Below is her recipe give it a go.

Grasmere Gingerbread Slice

Ingredients for Gingerbread Slice

  • 125g/4oz oatmeal
  • 125g/4oz plain flour
  • 4 heaped tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 175g/6oz lightly salted butter
  • 150g/5oz soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. golden syrup

Method for Gingerbread Slice

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/365F/Gas 4
  2. Grease and line an oblong baking tin with greaseproof paper
  3. Mix together the oatmeal, plain flour, ground ginger, bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar in a bowl
  4. Melt the butter over a low heat in a small saucepan, then add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well
  5. Mix in the sugar and golden syrup until well combined
  6. Pour the mixture into the tin in a thin layer and press down lightly with the back of a wooden spoon
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden-brown
  8. Allow to cool slightly, and then mark into 3cm/1½in squares
  9. If you can resist, leave to cool before slicing into squares

Gingerbread Slice is great for packing in your sandwich box on a walk in any of the Lakeland Fells.

22 March 2017 by Mike & Paula Chadderton

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