in the kitchen with…

My Nan, okay not physically, as my beloved Nan passed away 3 years ago, it has been an endeavor of mine to wade through her precious handwritten recipe book and pick out some classic’s to recreate.

Gingerbread Loaf

1/4 c (50g/4 tbsp) butter

1 tbsp golden syrup (a good kiwi staple in USA you can find it in specialty gourmet stores especially British inspired ones)

1 egg

1/2 c brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 c milk.

Heat oven to 375F. Grease a 9 x 3 loaf pan.

Melt butter and golden syrup together, add egg and sugar, whisk well. Then add all the dry ingredients, except baking soda). Mix together (it will be quite stiff), combine the baking soda and milk together then add into the other ingredients. Pour into loaf pan and bake 30-40 mins.

She’s already given me these gems, which if you haven’t tried you should!

Beer Bread

Cheesy Damper Bread

Curried Cauliflower

Fish Fritters

I’m still wading my way through the rest. Thanks Nan, for this and everything else you gave me.


  1. Posted November 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Now this looks good, I love golden syrup. Bless your nan, they had the best recipes didn’t they?

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted November 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

      they sure did!!

  2. Jill
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Remember all the biscuit tins! when she used to bring those tins out, we would salivate in anticipation!

  3. CherylD
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Just double-checking, I don’t see any flour listed in this gingerbread. Is this correct? If it does need any, how much? I’d love to try this recipe. Thank you.

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      omg!! cheryl you are right, i must have left the flour out… will have to find my nana’s recipe and check what the amount would be. stay tuned.

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