Grantham Gingerbread

Grantham is famous for it’s Gingerbread, which is quite unlike other gingerbreads. It is said that gingerbread originated in the town in 1740. Also that the unique character of Grantham gingerbread was the result of a mistake by a man called William Egglestone who accidentally put some of the wrong ingredients into the cake he was baking at his Grantham home. This accident created Grantham gingerbread.

Although well known, the Grantham gingerbread is not celebrated in the town by local shops, restaurants and cafes. In fact it is not produced commercially. The main reference to it locally is now as the nickname of Grantham Town Football Club.

Grantham gingerbread is unique in the fact that it is white, because it does not have black treacle (molasses) in it. Also it is creamier than normal gingerbread.

Here is the magic recipe for Grantham gingerbread


2 cups of flour,

4 tablespoons of sugar,

1 tablespoon of ground ginger,

a little bit of baking powder,

8 tablespoons of butter,

1 egg.


Cream the butter and sugar,

  1. Then beat in the egg yolk,
  2. After this, add the flour, baking powder and ginger.
  3. Whip the egg white and fold it to the mixture,
  4. Bake on grease paper in a moderate oven 150od/c325of/ gas mark 5 for 30 – 40 mins, but keep pale in colour.