June was certainly the gateway to summer here, long heat-filled days with barbecues and sun lounging aplenty, but July?
Well, July is supposed to be “hollyhocks and hammocks, fireworks and vacations, hot and steamy weather, cool and refreshing swims, beach picnics, and vegetables all out of the garden - first sweet corn on the cob dripping with butter, first tomatoes dead ripe and sunwarm, string beans, squash, crisp cucumbers. July can also be hard and shiny, brassy and sharp. Some days are like copper pennies in the sunlight” (Jean Hersey); but not here. Here we have cool weather and days filled with grey skies and rain. Anyone would think we were mid-autumn, not on the cusp of summer.
On days like these, there is nothing else for it than to comfort bake. And this very easy All Star Sticky Gingerbread certainly fits the bill.
Like Nigella Lawson, I simply cannot disentangle the smell of gingerbread from Christmas; but it tastes fabulous all year round. The waft of it freshly baking in the oven is wonderous.
This Sticky Gingerbread is relaxingly simple to prepare, good to eat at any hour - is it the perfect treat for having with a coffee whilst you lose yourself in a good book on a rainy afternoon. Plus it keeps fabulously fresh for a few days. It can be frozen to no detriment which is always a bonus.
Heady with spices this bake is a true delight. You could, of course, replace the spices with 2-3 teaspoons of my Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix for a slightly different flavour.
Sometimes you get a dip in the middle of the gingerbread, which indicates that you have been a bit heavy-handed with the syrup and treacle. Do not worry - it just means it tastes even more moreish.
I’m happy enough with it unfrosted, just left plain in a delightfully simple bake, but if the mood takes you can make a contrasting icing by sieving icing sugar and mixing it till thick and spreadable with a tablespoon of orange juice and one of warm water. Spread this over the cold slab of gingerbread, and leave to set before cutting.
I've entered this incredibly easy bake into the #CookBlogShare roundup - do go have a read of all the other participants' sites too.