A slice of cake with Beatrix Botter

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‘Tis the season for gingerbread, in all its shapes and forms. In the weeks leading up to Christmas I always make gingerbread cookies and a gingerbread house, but this year I decided to add gingerbread muffins to that list because sometimes you want your sugar & spice in the morning with some coffee.

There is something so lovely and wholesome about gingerbread, so it doesn’t surprise me that famous children’s book author Beatrix Potter was a big fan. When Potter’s personal recipe book went up for auction, the world got a glimpse at her gingerbread recipe, which included wheat meal, treacle, ale, and washing soda. I’m sure it was delicious, but I think I’ll stick with my tried-and-true recipe.

These gingerbread muffins were healthy and not too sweet, the perfect breakfast for this time of year when we all tend to overdo it on the sugar (the recipe was from Post Punk Kitchen). I think Beatrix Potter would agree that no matter what you choose to include in your gingerbread, whether it’s a pint of ale or a couple tablespoons of flax seeds, you should do yourself a favour and make something good and gingerbready this month. December is basically the one time of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable to eat gingerbread flavoured anything, so you might as well enjoy it.

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