Grasmere gingerbread

Grasmere gingerbread

Victorian cook Sarah Nelson baked giant gingerbread letters using this spicy recipe to teach local kids the alphabet in 1854.

By , 21 September 2015
Grasmere gingerbread
  • Ready in: 50 mins
  • Serves: 9
  • Price: 11p per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 59g serving contains
  • Fat 14.2
    20%
  • Sat Fat 8.9
    45%
  • Sugar 14.2
    16%
  • Salt 0.35
    6%
  • Cals 278
    14%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 1973kJ/471kcal.
Ingredients
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1.5 level tsp ground ginger
  • ½ level tsp baking powder
  • 125g light soft brown sugar
  • 150g lightly salted butter
Method
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Line a small roasting tin, 19cm by 29cm, with baking paper.

  • Sift together the flour, ginger and baking powder. Stir in the sugar.

  • Melt the butter and mix with the dry ingredients - it will be crumbly.

  • Put in the tin in an even layer, pressing it down lightly. Bake for 30 minutes. Mark into squares while warm but don't try to move from the tin until cold.