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Date and Ginger Slab

Date and Ginger Slab. It’s a dark, sticky, sweet, cake-like traybake. A little like a gingerbread but not as heavily spiced. And very dark and sticky from all the treacle. I have a recipe for Ginger Cake on the blog already and multiple recipes for traybakes with dates and traybakes with ginger and even some traybakes with dates and ginger like these Date and Ginger Crunchies, so this Date and Ginger Slab is in good company!

Another easy one, just some melting and mixing required. Don’t chop the dates too small and just melt the wet ingredients long enough to soften the dates as you want to have some obvious pieces of date through this bake.

If you can’t get hold of treacle easily (I need to go to a specialist import store to get hold of it here in the US) you can substitute molasses. They are remarkably similar, but the treacle is a little sweeter and darker, in my opinion. I did a side-by-side comparison when I was making my Treacle Scones if you want to look at the differences.

A partly eaten date and ginger square with fork, sitting on a white plate
Ingredients

4oz/110g butter

4oz/110g treacle or molasses

8oz/225g plain flour (all-purpose flour)

4 fl oz/120ml water

0.5 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

4oz/110g granulated sugar

6oz/175g dates, chopped

1 egg

2 tsp ground ginger

Method
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F/180C and line a 20 cm/8 inch tin with baking parchment.
  2. Place the butter, sugar, dates and treacle in a saucepan with the water and melt over a low heat.
  3. Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool a little. Then add the baking soda and beat in the egg.
  4. Gradually mix in the flour and ginger until well combined.
  5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin before turning out and cutting into squares.
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Treacle Farls

I already have a recipe for Traditional Soda Farls on the blog, and this Treacle Farls recipe is very similar. A little bit sweeter, richer and darker with the addition of treacle. These are super quick and easy to make, and we enjoyed them simply buttered or with jam. Delicious when still warm and perfect for an afternoon snack.

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Ginger Cake

The festive season is well and truly upon us here at Traybakes HQ. The tree is up and covered in an array of ornaments, bought and homemade, and there are even a few presents underneath (Little Miss Traybakes has been very well behaved and isn’t shaking hers too much!). We’ve had our first snowfall and first sledding expedition. We’re introducing more Americans to the wonders of a good homemade mince pie and while we’re waiting for the Christmas cake to be iced, we’ve been enjoying this rich, spiced Ginger Cake.

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Treacle Scones

Scones are a big part of Northern Irish baking. To be honest, scones are popular on both sides of the Atlantic, although the American variety do tend to be bigger. These Treacle Scones are a nice variation on a plain scone (recipe here). They are a little sweet and the treacle adds a lovely depth of flavor and color. Best served with a slathering of butter and your favorite jam.

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