Oaty plum gingerbread slice

A piece of food Autumn Cake Recipes

Preparation and cooking time

  • Prep:20 mins
  • Cook:30 mins
  • Easy
  • Makes 12 squares

A rustic traybake for any time of day. Try a square at coffee break, or with a jug of steaming custard after dinner.

Nutrient Unit
kcal 248
fat 11g
saturates 6g
carbs 33g
sugars 18g
fibre 2g
protein 4g
salt 0.1g
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  • 140g unsalted butter , plus extra for greasing
  • 100g dark soft brown sugar
  • 100g golden syrup
  • 6 small plums (about 250g prepared weight)
  • 140g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 heaped tbsp chopped stem ginger
  • 85g porridge oat (not jumbo)
  • 2 large eggs , beaten, at room temperature

For the topping

  • 25g plain flour
  • 25g porridge oat
  • 2 heaped tsp chopped ginger
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  • STEP 1

Grease a 17 x 23cm cake tin and line with parchment. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together in a large pan. While you wait, stone and quarter the plums.

  • STEP 2

When the pan ingredients are smooth, stir in the flour, baking powder, ¼ tsp salt, the gingers, oats and eggs, then beat until even. Pour all but about 2 tbsp of the batter into the prepared tin, then scatter the batter with the plums.

  • STEP 3
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For the topping, work the extra flour and oats into the reserved 2 tbsp of batter to make a flapjack-like dough. Crumble this over the tin and scatter with the chopped ginger. Bake for 30 mins or until golden and risen, then cool completely in the tin. Cut into squares.

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