Ginger & Black Treacle Oat Bake


Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!
    Guy Fawkes and his companions
    Did the scheme contrive,
    To blow the King and Parliament
    All up alive.
    Threescore barrels, laid below,
    To prove old England’s overthrow.
    But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
    With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
    A stick and a stake
    For King James’s sake!
    If you won’t give me one,
    I’ll take two,
    The better for me,
    And the worse for you.
    A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
    A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
    A pint of beer to wash it down,
    And a jolly good fire to burn him.
    Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
    Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
    Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!English Folk Verse (c.1870)



  • just under cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • just under 3/4 cup dark muscovado sugar
  • tablespoons black treacle
  • a pinch of ground ginger
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • cup of apricots, sultanas and dates, chopped
  • balls of stem ginger, chopped finely
  • a pinch of salt
  • tablespoons of mixed seeds

1) Preheat the oven to 180C and line a loaf tin with baking parchment.

2) In a large pan melt the butter, sugar, ground ginger and treacle, stirring constantly. Once melted remove the pan from the heat.

3) Next add the chopped apricots, sultanas, dates, oats, stem ginger and 2 tablespoons of the mixed seeds. Add a pinch of salt and fold until completely incorporated.

4) Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth out until it’s level. Top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of seeds and then bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely in it’s tin or it’ll all fall apart. You can cut into squares whilst it’s still warm in the tin or just leave it as a ‘loaf’ shape and cut off slices as and when you please, once it has cooled.


3 thoughts on “Ginger & Black Treacle Oat Bake

  1. i just did a quick search for black treacle, which looks to me to be like molasses, which while i do not like the smell of, i do love the stickiness and sweetness it lends to food. is this something that is eaten as dessert or breakfast?

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