Spiced Gingerbread Loaf

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on December 4, 2019.



Spiced Gingerbread Loaf

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup dark molasses
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower third position; heat oven at 350°F.
  2. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt and pepper; set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together molasses and hot water.
  6. In a large bowl of electric mixer, beat butter on high until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.
  7. Add brown sugar; beat on high for 1 minute until well creamed.
  8. On medium-high, beat in egg and vanilla until combined.
  9. Scrape down sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  10. On low, add dry ingredients in three additions, alternating the hot water/molasses, and mixing each addition until incorporated.
  11. Avoid overmixing.
  12. Batter will be thin.
  13. Whisk out any big lumps.
  14. Pour batter into pan.
  15. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  16. Cool completely before removing.
  17. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, orange juice and orange zest.
  18. Drizzle over cooled loaf.

Serves 9.

Note: Recipe can be converted using 3 mini pans. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, then test with a toothpick every five minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving:
220 calories, 7 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 26 g sugar, 2 g protein


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