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22 July 2019

The Ormskirk Gingerbread

Food & Drink, Local Info

Ormskirk is widely known for its Gingerbread throughout the whole of the North West. The Gingerbread Ladies of Ormskirk helped to make the delicious biscuit a staple of Ormskirk history. Gingerbread has been sold in Ormskirk and surrounding areas since around 1732 and to celebrate this, the town recently held its Gingerbread Festival. To join in with the celebrations, here is a recipe to help you make some delicious Ormskirk Gingerbread.

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Recipe by Margaret Ashcroft

What you need:

  • 275g/10oz self-raising flour
  • 110g/4oz butter (softened)
  • 110g/4oz light soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp black treacle
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • finely grated rind of half a lemon

The Method: (Makes 40-50 biscuits)

Put the butter, sugar, treacle and spices in a bowl and work together with a wooden spoon.

Add the flour and lemon rind and continue to work together.

When evenly mixed knead gently together.

Roll out to about 5mm thick and cut into 60mm plain rounds.

Put on to greased baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes at gas mark 3, 170°C/325°F until turning colour.

If you do end up making some of the famous Ormskirk Gingerbread then share them with us on Instagram @mccombstudents!

Don’t forget to look out for the Gingerbread statues scattered around town!

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By Alex Greenalgh

Hi! I’m Alex Greenhalgh and I am a second year at Edge Hill University studying Primary Education with QTS, and yes, I know I’m mad for going into that profession… (I’ve heard all the jokes) but I am keen to make a difference to the lives of the next generation. When I am not in University I enjoy cooking, gaming and the university students’ staple pass time, ‘spoons. My interests will be reflected with my blogs as they will have a strong focus on cooking. I understand the struggles and the endless trawls through Aldi looking for the best bargains, so I want to pass on a few insights into how cooking can be fun, inexpensive and tasty! I really do hope you enjoy reading my blogs!

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