This rich, treacly gingerbread is addictively good. Try making it as an alternative to a traditional Christmas cake.

Cakes and baking

Buyer's guide

Black treacle is available from supermarkets and health food stores.


Keep in a dark, dry cupboard.


Use black treacle as a sweetener in cakes, breads, toffee, biscuits, sauces, casseroles and Christmas pudding; it can also be used to glaze and marinate meat. Alternatively, dissolve it in warm water or milk to make a drink. To measure treacle, rinse the spoon in hot water or coat with bland vegetable oil so that the treacle slips off more easily.