Who doesn’t like gingerbread at Christmas….right?
Here is a delicious recipe for gingerbread loaf, rather than the traditional gingerbread cookies. While this loaf is baking in your oven, your home will smell amazing with the scent of ginger, cloves and cinnamon.
This is an excellent loaf to enjoy with your coffee while you enjoy Christmas morning at your tree sharing gifts with your family.
2 cups all purpose flour (I use gluten free)
1 tsp baking soda
1 and 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
3/4 cups unsulphured molasses
3/4 cups hot water
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 – 3 tbsp orange juice
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt and pepper until well combined and set aside.
In separate bowl whisk molasses and hot water together.
In a stand mixer or large bowl, beat butter on high until smooth about 1 minute. Add brown sugar and beat on high for 1 minute until well creamed with butter. Scrape down sides. Beat in egg and vanilla. Turn mixer to low speed and add dry ingredients a little at a time, alternating with the molasses/water mixture until it is all well incorporated. The batter will seem thin.
Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake for 60 minutes until loaf is baked through and toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the top of loaf.
Remove from oven and place loaf in pan on a cooking rack. Allow the loaf to cool completely. Then remove it from the pan.
To make the icing, whisk the confectioners sugar and orange juice. Drizzle over the loaf only after it has cooled entirely.
This loaf can be made ahead and refrigerated under wrap for overnight or can be frozen for months. Thaw overnight and serve at room temperature.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.