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Holiday Cookbook: Gingerbread loaf recipe

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While I do not generally care for gingerbread type recipes, this quick bread turned out fantastic! I think it was the addition of the buttermilk and lemon zest. I served it with whipped cream. Yummy!

Find everything you need to make this at your local Meijer.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 T ground ginger
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t ground allspice
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark unsulphered molasses
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 t freshly grated lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 5" loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, stir together buttermilk and vanilla til combined.
  4. In a medium bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar. Beat til light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in molasses til well combined. Add eggs, one by one, beating after each addition.
  5. Add one third flour mixture beating on low speed just til flour is incorporated. Add half buttermilk mixture and once batter is smooth add another third flour mixture. Add remaining buttermilk and mix til incorporated. Add remaining flour mixture, and beat til incorporated and smooth.
  6. Pour into prepared pan.
  7. Bake til a pick inserted in the center comes out clean and cake is pulling away from sides of pan, about 45 minutes.
  8. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
  9. Serve with freshly whipped cream.
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