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Recipe: Caramel frosted gingerbread

Serves 12

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    I love baking cakes, and have made hundreds over the years for family and friends. My late mother was a professional cook and passed on many tips and recipes which I have adapted to suit today’s trend for organic and free-range food. When my two children were small, I made novelty and celebration cakes from home, and when they became more independent, I ran a coffee shop in Mill Hill making not only dozens of cakes a week, but, salads and imaginative baked potato and sandwich fillings. However, the cakes were always the talking point. This Caramel Frosted Gingerbread became a favourite. Even people who say they don’t like ginger or coconut scoff this one.

    Serves 12. Suitable for freezing for approx 1½ hours

    Ingredients
    ● 325g (11 oz) light soft brown sugar
    ● 225 g (8 oz) unsalted butter
    ● 10fl ozs golden syrup
    ● 6 tbls stem ginger syrup
    ● 350 g (12 oz) self-raising flour
    ● 110 g (4 oz) dessicated coconut
    ● 25 g (1 oz) chopped stem ginger
    ● 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
    ● Half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
    ● Half a pint of milk
    ● 1 egg lightly beaten

    Method
    ● Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C, gas 4
    ● Heat 8 oz of sugar, 6 oz butter, the golden syrup and 4 tablespoons of stem ginger
    together until melted.
    ● Combine the flour, coconut, stem ginger, ground ginger and bicarbonate in a large bowl.
    ● Gradually beat in the melted syrup mixture, milk and egg. Beat for a further minute.
    ● Transfer to prepared greased and lined rectangular deep cake tin 25 x 20mm (10 x 8 in) and bake until skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean about 1 to 1½ hours. Remove from oven and cool in tin for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    ● To make the topping, add the remaining sugar, butter and stem ginger syrup together. Boil for 1 minute.
    ● Remove from heat and allow bubbling to stop.
    ● Pour over cooled cake in one smooth motion, letting it drizzle over the edges.
    ● Immediately sprinkle over the remaining coconut and mark into portions.
    ● Leave to cool until icing has set.

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