This is wonderfully flavoured and fills the house with delicious baking smells. Try it smeared with butter or syrup for breakfast on a cold winter's morning.
- 250g plain flour
- 250ml milk
- 200g caster sugar
- 175g unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp. golden syrup
- 1 tbsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground allspice
- 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
Line and grease the insides of a 20cm by 10 cm loaf tin.
In a saucepan, heat together the sugar, syrup, butter and milk. Bring this mixture to the boil and then set aside, taking off the heat.
Sieve the flour, bicarb, ginger and allspice into a large bowl.
Pour the hot sugar mixture into the flour and stir until just mixed. Be careful, as the hot sugar can burn if you get it on your skin.
Put the loaf in the oven. Once in, turn the oven down to 160/ gas mark 2.5 and cook for an hour. Turning the temperature down once the loaf is in means it will be nice and hard, almost crisp on the outside, and deliciously moist in the middle.