Easy Gingerbread Traybake

Easy Gingerbread Traybake

As promised, I'm showing you the quick gingerbread recipe, baked in a tray. It's fluffy and soft but, if you leave it uncovered for 1-2 days, it gets a bit more like the classic gingerbread cookies. This recipe is, in fact, the most popular Christmas dessert in Poland and is called "Pjernik". Usually, it's spread with sour plum jam and glazed with chocolate, so it's pure madness. I suggest trying this gingerbread, at least in the simple version, maybe sprinkled with some powdered sugar on top or any icing you like.

It's simple and fast to prepare. Make sure you don't omit the spices (in the worst case, put only cinnamon), they give a special flavor and color. If you look at all these spices separately, you'll think they don't fit in here, but combined and ground they give an extraordinary aroma. I gave below the recipe for this spice mix, which I made myself and ground in a coffee grinder. It's a pretty generous amount, you can share and make someone else happy or just make less.

You can adjust the height of the cake by the size of the oven tray. Here I have a 20x30cm tray. If you use the simple oven sheet, it won't be very thick. It can also be baked in a springform pan, the round one with removable bottom, but be careful with the quantities, as it will be a bit higher. You can cut it in half in this case, spread the layers with plum jam and glaze with melted chocolate on top - this way you'll have the best gingerbread cake :)


100 g
3 pieces
200 g
125 g
soft, at room temperature
Sour cream
100 g
All-Purpose Flour
210 g
Cinnamon powder
2 tsp
Baking powder
2 tsp
Cacao powder
1 tbsp
Gingerbread spices
1 tsp
I combined together: 25g - cinnamon stick; 5g - ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, anise; 2g - black peppercorns
Chopped Nuts
50 g

Step by step

Step 1

First of all, start with the spice mix for the cake. If you aren't making it or you've already bought it, omit these steps. However, I recommend making a small effort and prepare it yourself, the difference is big.

So, here I weighed all the whole spices I had from the ones listed at ingredients.

Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 1
Step 2

Grind in the coffee grinder and make the powder as fine as possible.

Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 2
Step 3

To these, I added the ground spices I bought - ginger and nutmeg. Mix well and notice that you have a generous amount of spices. Store in an airtight jar and save for other times or give as a gift to other people.

Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 3
Step 4

Now you can prepare the batter:

- separate the egg whites from the yolks.

Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 4
Step 5

Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks with a mixer.

Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 5
Step 6

In another bowl, combine soft butter with sugar, mix well.

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Step 7

Add in the yolks, sour cream and honey, beat well with the mixer.

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Step 8

Combine the flour with baking powder, 1 tablespoon of cocoa, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of gingerbread spices (you can add more but then it might be a little too spicy).

Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 8
Step 9

Add this flour mixture to the butter and yolks.

Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 9
Step 10

Mix well until smooth and lump free.

Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 10
Step 11

And the last step - add the stiff egg whites to the batter, mixing carefully with a spatula until completely incorporated.

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Step 12

Pour the batter into the tray lined with baking paper and place in the preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 25-30 minutes.

Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 12
Step 13

When it's ready, allow to cool completely.

Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 13
Step 14

Optionally, you can garnish with powdered sugar, chocolate icing or whatever you like.

We enjoyed it simple. You can spread the cake with plum jam and serve. It's a beautiful combination.

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Step 15

Here's a fluffy and soft section, very good and fragrant.

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Step 16

Surely, you will make everyone happy with this gingerbread and with minimal effort, too.


Easy Gingerbread Traybake - Step 16
Quantity: 1 kg
Prep time: 60 min
Difficulty: easy
Ready in: 25 min
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