##Once upon a time…

Two little children, cast out of their home deep into the dark woods.  A plan with pebbles to mark their way foiled and the plan B of breadcrumbs eaten by the birds.  Lost, forlorn and hungry.  Things are indeed looking ‘Grimm’ for our two waifs, but suddenly, their noses invaded by an intoxicating strange and deliciously sweet aroma; they are led to a house built of gingerbread and candy!  And the sinister carnivore tale unfolds…

At ‘La Ola Fresca’ we have been long using ginger to catch people in our web!  Mainly, I hope, for its good witch all pervasive anti-inflammatory powers, anti-nausea and anti-oxidant qualities.  The cultivation of this warming and invocative spice goes back 5000 years and is top ingredient on my list of potions.  In this recipe for our ‘Treacle Treat Gingerbread Cake’ butter melts in your pot with dark brown sugar and treacle, mixed with ginger, flour, milk and egg.  Scents and colours are brought together, as mesmerizing as any spell and that’s before you even eaten it!


225g / 1/2 lb Self-raising flour or

Plain flour with 1 dessert spoon baking powder mixed in

1 tablespoon dried oatmeal

2 heaped teaspoons dried ginger

Pinch of salt

60g/2oz dark brown demerara sugar

85g/3oz butter

1/2lb 226g Dark Treacle * or mix with golden syrup

Cup of milk approx

1 free range egg

* If you can’t find treacle use molasses (melaza in Spanish) in equal quantity



Heat the oven to 350F 180C Prepare a medium size loaf tin with baking paper.

Sieve all the dry ingredients together.  Warm sugar, butter and treacle, without over-heating.  Warm milk and beat egg being careful not to overheat.  This is the intoxicating moment; combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Pour into a greased and lined baking tin and bake for about 1 ½  hours being careful not to burn the outer layers.  Drop oven temperature if necessary.  Remove from oven when a skewer comes out clean and centre is firm.

To create your Hansel and Gretel witch’s house, decorate the roof with candy and use piped icing sugar to draw windows and doors.

If you think your captives need feeding up, slap extra butter or cheddar cheese on your slices of gingerbread.  Please beware of the chicken bone trick!

As for our dear Hansel and Gretel, they pushed  the witch in the oven, nicked her jewels and probably the gingerbread house, mysteriously forgave their father, were never hungry again and lived happily ever after!


Sign up for our special Halloween cooking in English workshop for children special, Saturday 26th October at 5pm.  Advance reservation essential. 10 Euros per child



C/ Musico Magenti, 11

Tel:610 026 305 (For reservations)


Zona Benimaclet


 https://www.facebook.com/LAOLAFRESCA/   for opening and closing times

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