Makes 1 medium-sized loaf
This loaf has so many uses. Serve it warm from the oven with a cuppa, or toast leftover slices and serve with ice-cream and hot maple-seared bananas. Add nuts to the batter and bake them into mini loaves for gifts. For a quick dessert, warm slices in the microwave and serve with whipped cream or plain yoghurt, drizzled with honey, or with poached fruit. The maple butter works a treat with this fragrant ginger loaf!
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 150g butter
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2¼ cups flour
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp allspice
- Preheat oven to 175ºC and line a 12cm x 22cm loaf pan.
- In a medium saucepan, melt together the brown sugar, milk, butter, golden syrup and baking soda, then remove from the heat and cool for 30 minutes.
- Stir flour and spices into cooled mixture until smooth. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes until puffed and deep golden. Serve in slices with whipped maple butter.
WHIPPED MAPLE BUTTER
- Beat 100g softened butter with ¼ cup maple syrup and cup icing sugar until pale and fluffy.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author