Did you know that Beatrix Potter kept a book of recipes? I discovered this just recently when I read that the book was put up for auction some years ago. Here are some photos and I don´t know about you, but I love the handwriting! It is interesting to see how it changed over time.
Well, one of her recipes includes one for gingerbread that includes ale as an ingredient. Feeling inspired, and thirsty, I decided to go ahead and try it! found the slightly adapted recipe at a blog called The Biscuiteers .
The recipe was easy to make and delicious. I will make them again. Maybe you will want to have a go at them too if you love Beatrix Potter too!
Ingredients (adapted from the original recipe)
192g wheat flour (plus extra for work surface)
3/4 tablespoons ground ginger
1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 tablespoon allspice
113g dark treacle, golden syrup or molasses*
3 tablespoons soft butter
125 ml ale, divided
1/4 tablespoon washing soda (baking soda)
* Note: Some people suggest to avoid molasses for baking as it can sometimes taste bitter. For a lighter bake, like the one here, use golden syrup.
1. Preheat oven to 160°C. In a medium bowl sift together flour, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together molasses, sugar, and butter. Stir in half the ale. Add dry ingredients slowly, mixing until thoroughly combined. In a small bowl, add baking soda to the remaining ale, then stir mixture into dough. Collect dough into 2 balls and refrigerate overnight.
3. Remove dough from fridge and let sit until just pliable. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper. On a floured surface, roll out each ball of dough until 1/4-inch thick. Cut into your favourite shapes, and transfer to the prepared biscuit sheets.
4. Bake 10 minutes, until slightly firm. Cool on wire racks, and decorate.
Enjoy! xxxx Natascha