This is my variation on a gingerbread recipe I have had for years. It is a soft, cake-like gingerbread, not hard, biscuit-style gingerbread. The recipe came from my mother but I do not know any more about the origin of it.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup treacle
1 cup hot water
2 and 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped dates
Cream the butter and sugar, add egg and beat well. Combine water and treacle. Combine all of the remaining ingredients except the dates. Add the treacle mixture alternately with the dry ingredients. Finally, mix in the dates. Pour into a greased, lined tin. Bake at 170 degrees for 45 – 55 minutes.
The original recipe did not have the dates in it. This is a versatile cake as it can be served as a dessert with custard, sweet white sauce or caramel sauce. It is also makes a nice cake for morning tea. I usually slice it and add to our packed lunches.