Homemade Gingerbread Loaf Recipe

The spicy homemade Gingerbread Loaf made with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and molasses is such a lovely treat to enjoy with coffee or tea. If you wish, drizzle with a simple vanilla glaze for a festive treat that tastes just like the holidays.

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Each year when the holidays roll around I can’t seem to satisfy my gingerbread cravings. And each year when the holidays roll around and I can’t seem to satisfy my gingerbread cravings, I wonder why gingerbread is only enjoyed during the holiday season? Why not all year long? Who makes these rules anyway? I’m all about breaking the rules and chains that hold us back so I vote for gingerbread all throughout the year! Who is with me?!?

Regardless of when you choose to enjoy gingerbread, do try this Gingerbread Loaf recipe soon. The aromas this warm spicy treat fills your home with is enough reason to bake a loaf or two. Make one for your home and another to share.

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This spice-filled loaf is simple to prepare. The batter comes together quite easily. Begin by whisking all of the dry ingredients together. Separately, beat together melted butter, molasses, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract until combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined, being careful to not over mix batter. Pour batter into prepared a 9×5 inch loaf pan and bake until done. It takes about 50 minutes or so to bake. Let loaf cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling before serving (if you can wait that long!). The Vanilla Glaze Drizzle is optional. Honestly, I really prefer this gingerbread loaf without the glaze. Gingerbread is so flavorful and sweet enough all by itself. The glaze does add a pretty touch for holiday celebrations and is super quick to make and drizzle over the loaf once it has cooled.

I think you’ll really enjoy this Gingerbread Loaf. My recommendation? Cozy up with a slice of this gingerbread and a warm cup of tea while watching your favorite Hallmark movie for the perfect holiday break. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Homemade Gingerbread Loaf Recipe | shewearsmanyhats.comHomemade Gingerbread Loaf Recipe | shewearsmanyhats.com

Homemade Gingerbread Loaf

The spicy homemade Gingerbread Loaf made with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and molasses is such a lovely treat to enjoy with coffee or tea. Drizzle with a simple vanilla glaze for a festive treat that tastes just like the holidays.

Ingredients:

For gingerbread loaf:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For vanilla glaze drizzle:*

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk (more, as needed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

For gingerbread loaf:

  1. Adjust rack to middle of oven. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and ground cloves.
  3. In a separate medium mixing bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the melted butter and molasses until incorporated. Beat in eggs until combined, then buttermilk and vanilla extract. Beat until thoroughly combined. (Mixture may look curdled.)
  4. Stir wet mixture into the dry ingredients until combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into center of the cake comes out clean, about 50-55 minutes. The cake will just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Allow cake to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto cooling rack to finish cooling.

For vanilla glaze drizzle:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Add more milk or confectioners’ sugar as needed for desired consistency. Drizzle cooled cake with glaze.

*Vanilla glaze is optional.