Gingerbread Loaf Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Oct 22, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Dec 15, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

A Gingerbread Loaf is a sweet bread with a little sugar and spice! This easy Gingerbread Loaf recipe that’s so moist and delicious and will make your home smell like Christmas! A quick bread recipe that’s perfect to gift to friends and family during the holidays.

A gingerbread loaf on a white surface

Yes, it’s Gingerbread Bread! The flavors you love from gingerbread cookies and cakes, wrapped into a sweet, sliceable, sharable loaf of bread.

This Gingerbread Loaf recipe is more dense than cake, making it easy to slice and acceptable to eat for breakfast and brunch!

To Make This Gingerbread Loaf Recipe, You Will Need:

  • Flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda
  • Spices: Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger
  • Eggs: Preferably free run / organic
  • Milk
  • Molasses: Mild
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make a Gingerbread Loaf

It takes just 10 minutes to prep this delicious Christmas bread.

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Combine dry ingredients. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl combine eggs, milk, molasses and vegetable oil.

  4. Gradually incorporate dry ingredients into wet until just combined.

  5. Pour mixture into 6 greased miniature loaf pans 3/4 full to compensate for rise.

  6. Bake 50 minutes.

The baked bread in a white dish

How to Wrap and Gift Bread

You know how I love to share breads – we can never seem to eat an entire loaf ourselves, so I make them in 6 miniature loaves, keep one for ourselves and gift the others.  This gingerbread loaf makes and ideal gift!

Wrapped in ribbon and garnished with greenery (boxwood, olive, rosemary, thyme, evergreen or pine all work well – look to your garden or grocer) it makes a festive edible Christmas gift for teachers, coworkers, neighbors, friends, or family!

I use miniature ceramic loaf pans but you can also use these disposable kraft paper loaf pans. You can wrap in a cellophane bag if you wish, too. They’re inexpensive and just as beautiful!

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gingerbread loaf in a white dish

What Kind of Molasses to Use in Gingerbread

Molasses make this Gingerbread Loaf especially moist – it’s amazing alone, but you can also enjoy with a little cinnamon butter, gingerbread frosting cream cheese or butter. I recommend using mild molasses which is the lightest in color and sweetest in flavor. It gives incredible flavor to this Gingerbread Loaf.

slices of gingerbread loaf

An Easy Gingerbread Christmas Recipe

Gingerbread is synonymous with Christmas, and I love how the spices fill your kitchen when you bake the loaves. This quick bread recipe uses no yeast, so you don’t need to wait for it to rise, it’s perfect when you want bread in a hurry! It is perfectly spiced, without it being overpowering and is perfect to enjoy at breakfast or with a cup of coffee mid afternoon.

How Long Does A Gingerbread Loaf Keep?

Once the bread has cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and it will be good for 3-4 days. You can also freeze the loaves by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap and foil.

A gift wrapped loaf n a white dish

Top Tips For Making This Gingerbread Loaf Recipe

  • If you don’t want to make mini loaves, you can use 2 – 1 lb loaf pans and adjust baking time to 70 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
  • Grease your loaf pans for easy removal after baking.
  • Bake the loaves in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
  • Let the loaves cool before storing or wrapping.

Gift wrapped quick breads

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gift wrapped gingerbread loaf

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gingerbread loaf

Gingerbread Loaf

This classic Gingerbread Loaf is a sweet bread with a little sugar and spice! This easy Gingerbread Loaf recipe is so moist and will make your home smell like Christmas! 
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings (hover to scale): 48
Calories: 100.27kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup molasses mild
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Combine dry ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl combine eggs, milk, molasses and vegetable oil.
  • Gradually incorporate dry ingredients into wet until just combined.
  • Pour mixture into 6 greased miniature loaf pans 3/4 full to compensate for rise.
  • Bake 50 minutes.

Notes

  • If you don't want to make mini loaves, you can use 2 - 1 lb loaf pans and adjust baking time to 70 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
  • Grease your loaf pans for easy removal after baking.
  • Bake the loaves in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
  • Let the loaves cool before storing or wrapping.

Nutrition

Calories: 100.27kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.01g | Protein: 1.64g | Fat: 1.22g | Saturated Fat: 0.76g | Cholesterol: 7.84mg | Sodium: 32.48mg | Potassium: 137.85mg | Fiber: 0.36g | Sugar: 12.82g | Vitamin A: 26.37IU | Calcium: 40.48mg | Iron: 0.81mg
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