(Serves 12)


  • 450g plain flour
  • 225g light brown soft sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp cream of tartar
  • 225g margarine or butter


Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2.

Lightly grease a 30 x 25cm (12 x 10 inch) tin.

Mix together the dry ingredients and then rub in the margarine or butter. Press the mixture into the prepared tin.

Bake for about 45 minutes.

Mark into 12 bars when it comes out of the oven and sprinkle with a little extra sugar. Allow the gingerbread to cool slightly before cutting it into pieces.


Recipe from Country Show Cook-Off which starts on BBC Two on Monday, April 1, 2013,  and The Women's Institute Vintage Teatime,published by Simon & Schuster, priced £9.99.