Ginger, carrot and apple loaf

I think ginger is such a special soulful ingredient. This slightly spicy cake loaf smells amazing and because of the moisture in the apples and the sticky molasses, it’s got a lovely rich texture. It’s a bit like parkin that’s been left to develop for a couple of days. Of course this is also even better when it’s been left for a day or so, but chances are it won’t make it in time. My boys like this with custard on, but it looks great naked as a nice slice to go with a cup of tea.

ginger loaf 2


  1. 100g unsalted butter
  2. 100g light brown sugar
  3. 50g molasses (or black treacle if you don’t have)
  4. 50g golden syrup
  5. zest 1 lime
  6. 1 carrot, grated
  7. Half an apple grated
  8. Tablespoon of raw grated ginger
  9. 175g self-raising flour
  10. ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  11. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  12. 1 tsp ground ginger
  13. 2 eggs

To make this:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius (fan oven, 180 degrees C for others)
  2. Grease a 900g loaf tin
  3. Melt the butter in a pan and add everything except the flour, bicarbonate and eggs
  4. Once melted in remove from the heat, add the flour and then the eggs (it’s best not to add the eggs on the heat as they may scramble, not good!)
  5. Bake for 40 minutes – until a skewer comes out dry

You can sprinkle with a little icing sugar to make it look really pretty.

I hope you enjoy.


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