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Tudor Gingerbread

Tudor Gingerbread was a popular way to use up stale bread.  It needs no cooking and is simple to make.  Recipe from Mary Arden's Farm in Stratford

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword gingerbread, no cooking, shakespeare, tudor, tudor recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 540 kcal
Author Mary Arden's Farm


  • 300 g clear honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 14 slices stale bread with the crusts removed and made into crumbs
  • Crystallised ginger or dried fruit


  1. Gently warm the honey in a saucepan with the pepper and ginger until it is free-flowing. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
  2. Place half the breadcrumbs in a large bowl, pour over the honey mixture and fold in
  3. Keep adding handfuls of breadcrumbs until the mixture will not absorb any more
  4. Press firmly into a 20cm loose bottom cake tin and leave covered for 24 hours at room temperature to set. Our cook advised us to weight the tin for a better consistency
  5. Turn out and cut into slices. Serve with some crystallised ginger or dried fruit.