Beatrix Potter´s recipe for gingerbread

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Did you know that Beatrix Potter kept a book of recipes? I discovered this just recently when I read that the book was put up for auction some years ago. Here are some photos and I don´t know about you, but I love the handwriting! It is interesting to see how it changed over time.

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Well, one of her recipes includes one for gingerbread that includes ale as an ingredient. Feeling inspired, and thirsty, I decided to go ahead and try it!  found the slightly adapted recipe at a blog called The Biscuiteers .

The recipe was easy to make and delicious. I will make them again. Maybe you will want to have a go at them too if you love Beatrix Potter too!

Ingredients (adapted from the original recipe)

192g  wheat flour (plus extra for work surface)
3/4  tablespoons ground ginger
1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 tablespoon allspice
113g dark treacle, golden syrup or molasses*
36g  sugar
3 tablespoons soft butter
125 ml ale, divided
1/4 tablespoon washing soda (baking soda)

* Note: Some people suggest to avoid molasses for baking as it can sometimes taste bitter. For a lighter bake, like the one here, use golden syrup.

1. Preheat oven to 160°C. In a medium bowl sift together flour, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together molasses, sugar, and butter. Stir in half the ale. Add dry ingredients slowly, mixing until thoroughly combined. In a small bowl, add baking soda to the remaining ale, then stir mixture into dough. Collect dough into 2 balls and refrigerate overnight.

3. Remove dough from fridge and let sit until just pliable. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper. On a floured surface, roll out each ball of dough until 1/4-inch thick. Cut into your favourite shapes, and transfer to the prepared biscuit sheets.

4. Bake 10 minutes, until slightly firm. Cool on wire racks, and decorate.

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Enjoy! xxxx Natascha

18 thoughts on “Beatrix Potter´s recipe for gingerbread

  1. I love Beatrix Potter, especially the illustrations. I did not know about her recipe book. I am thinking of making this recipe with my daughter and niece later this week. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

  2. So cute! Btw I had made paneer biryani the other day and I baked it in a pumpkin like one of your posts and it really turned out so super great ☺☺☺☺

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