READER CONTRIBUTION - GINGERBREAD LOAF

December 9, 2010 at 3:27pm

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Old Fashioned Gingerbread Loaf

Contributed by Darrylynn Silva-Costa

 

I use this one every year. Its perfect to me.

 

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 egg

1 cup molasses

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup hot water

 

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.

 

2.In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the egg, and mix in the molasses.

 

3.In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Blend into the creamed mixture. Stir in the hot water. Pour into the prepared pan.

 

4.Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan before serving.

 

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Sounds yummy! Thanks so much Darrylynn.

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Starbuck's Holiday Gingerbread Loaf

Contributed by Linda Stuckey

 

Had this one awhile, but admit I haven't tried it, yet. It has excellent reviews.

 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

2 1/4 teaspoons ginger

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon orange extract, optional

1 cup applesauce

1 teaspoon baking soda

Frosting {below}

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.  In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt.Set aside.

 

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in orange extract if using.

 

Dissolve baking soda into applesauce and mix into creamed butter mixture.Add flour mixture. Mix until smooth.

 

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

 

Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes (I do 45 minutes) or until atoothpick inserted into center of cake comes out just slightly sticky.

 

FROSTING

 

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon orange extract (optional)

2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar

 

Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and orange extract (if using). Gradually beat in confectioner's sugar. Frost cake when it is completely cooled. Decorate with chopped candied orange peel or candied ginger .

 

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Thanks Linda! Sure sounds good.

 

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