Ginger Cake

It has been 6 months since Queensland was hit by the floods and today we finally went out to Buaraba to see how much it has changed.  The house, the water tank and the kids playground has all gone but what is most shocking is to see how the creek was hit by a wall of water and carved a new course through rock.  The land has changed and piles of debris and ripped up tree trunks are scattered along where the creek use to run.

The tent pegs in the above photo is where the house use to be.  In the photo below you can see the piles of debris that follow along the creek.  It was so good to drive out for the afternoon with a bit of Toowoomba Country FM to sing along to.  Joel’s family met us there for a campfire, beef stew, damper on a stick and s’mores.  Even better to come home to a warm shower.

The kids loved the cattle that greeted us at all the gates we had to drive through.

ABC local radio in Brisbane put together a cookbook called ‘A Generous Helping: Treasured recipes from the people of Queensland’.  The idea behind the book was to gather treasured family recipes to share.  People lost so much in the floods, not only photos and family treasures but recipes which had been passed down through the generations.  So Madonna King, the radio presenter from ‘Mornings’ show, encouraged Queenslanders to send in their favourite recipes to hopefully replace lost recipes.  You can listen to more of the background of the book here.  Royalties from the book go to the Premier’s Diaster Relief Appeal.

The recipe I was most keen to try was the one submitted by Alison Alexander who is a regular foodie guest on the Morning show and she worked with Madonna King to compile the book.  Alison shared this Ginger Cake recipe which is the easiest ginger cake I have ever made.  It is one of those super cakes where you throw all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz then bake and it works!

It is a little dark and sticky like a good ginger cake should be.  The kids loved the way the cake sprung back when they pressed their little fingers into the cake.  It baked so evenly and tasted beautiful.  Perfect with a cup of tea.  Wish I had taken some out to Buaraba to have with a cup of tea sitting around the campfire.

ginger cake

(recipe by Alison Alexander from the book ‘A Generous Helping’)

390g (2 3/4 cup) self-raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 teaspoons ground ginger
250ml (1 cup) warm water
115g (1/2 cup) dark brown sugar, firmly packed
125g (1/2 cup) butter, melted
260g (3/4 cup) golden syrup
1 egg

Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.  Line a 23cm square cake tin or a 20 x 30cm lamington tin.

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz till smooth – be careful not to over-process.  Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes or until cooked.  Cool in the tin.

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5 Responses to Ginger Cake

  1. Sharolyn says:

    Oh how I grew to love 612 ABC. Such great company on all my raw art solo missions over the city. Those photos of the country side looks so beautiful. What an amazing country Australia is. I wonder where the Donga is now? And it is amazing to think the water carved through rock! One thing I loved driving out there was seeing all of the corrugated iron roofed sheds which had turned rusty red. Houses here all have shingles.I love reading the stories that accompany your recipes Natalie!

    • natalie says:

      As we were driving out to Buaraba Tilly commented ‘I love how wide and brown the land is’. Sums up Australia perfectly. Are you feeling homesick Sharolyn? Wish you would just come home!!! Well there are alot of corrugated iron roof sheeting laying alongside the road on the way in. Not sure where they are from because it isn’t our donga.

  2. Such a lovely little cake. I made this tonight for my sister-in-law’s birthday and it was nice just for our family to enjoy. Simple enough on it’s own but very moist and tasty.

  3. Fiona rollason says:

    Hi Nat,
    Baked this last night. Thought it would be nice to take on holidays. Anyway, of course in my usual style, I didn’t have the Ginger so had to substitute with cinnamon. It is a absolutely gorgeous cake and I even hand mixed it! Yummy… I added some cinnamon sugar on top toward the end of cooking. Thank you Nat for such a lovely recipe! Fi

    • natalie says:

      It is a good recipe isn’t it Fiona! Cinnamon is very different to ginger but yum! I can imagine it would be beautiful. Always good to cake away on holidays to have with a cup of tea. Enjoy!

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