NZ Woman's Weekly

Gingerbread loaf recipe

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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
  1. Preheat oven to 175ºC and line a 12cm x 22cm loaf pan.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


  1. 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

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