It’s no secret that I adore gingerbread. While I’m very partial to crisp gingersnaps, my real favourite is the spicy, sticky, thick sort my Nana used to make.

Usually, I employ a traditional 7″ square tin with a loose bottom, but this novelty pan from Nordicware makes individual loaves with leaves, acorns and squirrel shapes on the top. They’re perfect for celebrating a return to school in the fall. Seriously, wouldn’t you love to get one of these in your lunch box?


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Gingerbread Loaves

The only thing better than a rich, spicy chunk of sticky gingerbread is an elegant loaf of the same gingerbread which has been baked in a pretty tin. Perfect for back-to-school lunches.


  • 127 g or 4 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 127 g or 4 oz dark brown sugar
  • 112 g or 6 tbsp Lyle’s Black Treacle
  • 170 g or 6 oz all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 150 ml or 4 oz milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Just before filling, spray the cavities of the Harvest Mini Loaf pan with good-quality baking spray.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter, sugar and treacle, stirring until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and spices. Add the butter mixture and stir thoroughly to combine. Beat in the eggs.
  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, gently warm the milk. Stir in the baking soda (it will foam a bit). Add to the gingerbread mixture and mix until thoroughly blended.
  5. Fill the cavities of the prepared mini-loaf pan.
  6. Bake until a skewer inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean (about 20 minutes). Let cool slightly before removing the loaves from the pan.


These loaves are even better if allowed to mature for a few days. This may involve hiding them in a safe place, away from spouses and children. Good luck with that!

Adapted from a recipe by Mary Berry.

  • Author: Helen Kain