A gingerbread loaf is an easy sweet bread with a little sugar and spice for a sensational holiday fragrance. If you love the Starbucks gingerbread loaf, you’re in for a real treat!

This is an easy gingerbread loaf bread that’s so moist and delicious and will make your home smell like Christmas.

This is a very simple quick bread recipe that’s perfect to gift to friends and family during the holidays. Make it in multiple small loaves for gifting, or bake it up in two traditional large loaves – the choice is yours!

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Yes, it’s gingerbread bread! You’re getting all the flavors you love from gingerbread cookies and cakes, wrapped into a sweet, sliceable, shareable loaf of bread.

I can’t resist the special flavors of the holidays, and I love the way they make my kitchen smell as they bake. 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.

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Gingerbread Loaf Recipe

This gingerbread loaf recipe is more dense than cake, making it easy to slice and acceptable to eat for breakfast and brunch! Not that you need an excuse – I’m all about those holiday indulgences.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Staple Ingredients – Easier than a run to Starbucks!
  • Great for Holiday Events – It slices beautifully for serving.
  • Gift – Wonderful for neighbor holiday gifts.
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Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Flour – Use all-purpose flour for this recipe, bleached or unbleached.
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar.
  • Baking Powder + Baking Soda – Both types of leavening agents for rise in this quick bread.
  • Spices – Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger.
  • Eggs – Size large for baking.
  • Milk – You can use whatever you have on hand, from skim to whole milk. It mostly adds moisture to this recipe.
  • Molasses – Mild is great for this recipe. Just be sure to one labeled specifically for baking.
  • Vegetable oil – For an additional layer of moisture in this gingerbread loaf!

Variations

Gold bakeware on a marble surface

Tools to Use

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How to Make

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 as directed, according to loaf pan size.
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Tips

  • Don’t Overfill Your Loaf Pan – Fill 2/3 full to compensate for rise.
  • Use the Toothpick Test – Insert a toothpick in the center. When it comes out clean, it’s done.
  • Use the Correct Loaf Pan – Learn more about Loaf Pan Sizes here.
  • 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.
  • Let the loaves cool before storing or wrapping.
  • It’s amazing all by itself, but you can also enjoy with a little cinnamon butter, gingerbread frosting, cream cheese or sweet butter.
A gingerbread loaf in a white ceramic loaf pan, with an olive branch beside it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of molasses do you use in gingerbread?

Molasses make this gingerbread loaf especially moist. I recommend using mild molasses which is the lightest in color and sweetest in flavor. It gives incredible flavor to this sweet bread.

Is gingerbread a bread?

Gingerbread is a term that’s used to describe a variety of breads, cookies, cakes and more – the defining characteristic is generally molasses and fragrant spices.

A gingerbread loaf in a white ceramic loaf pan, with an olive branch beside it.

Wrap + Gift

You know how I love to share our quick 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 a wonderful 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!

Slices of a gingerbread loaf recipe on a white marble countertop.

Dietary Considerations

  • Vegetarian
  • Nut Free
  • To Make Gluten Free – Substitute with a 1:1 gluten free flour alternative.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature: This bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. Wrap it as air tight as possible to preserve!
  • Refrigerate: Store in the fridge, wrapped airtight, for up to 5-6 days.
  • Freezer: Store it in the freezer for up to 6 months in an airtight bag or plastic wrap. I do both to prevent any freezer odors from seeping in.

For more tips and tricks to store quick breads and keep them as fresh as the day they were baked, don’t skip How to Store Banana Bread.

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4.91 from 10 votes

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! 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 48
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Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease miniature loaf pans.
  • 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 ¾ full to compensate for rise.
  • Bake 50 minutes.

Tips

  • 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.
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

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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11 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    I made this gingerbread loaf and I used dark honey instead of the molasses because I realized I didn’t have any (molasses). I was skeptical but I went ahead and made it. I must say that it turned out good!!

    1. Hi Rose,
      I’m glad it turned out great for you! Thanks for your comment, have a beautiful week.
      Julie

    1. Hi Linda!
      Just under the title of the post, click “jump to recipe”. That will always take you immediately to the printable recipe card at the bottom of all of my recipe posts!
      I hope that helps, and I hope you enjoy this recipe!
      Julie

  2. This recipe looks delicious. Looking for a gingerbread that is pretty rich in flavor with the ginger and molasses. Could you add more ginger or is the amount noted enough to really taste it in the finished bread?

  3. Do you grease and flour the pans or only grease? Same question for the cinnamon bread because I will also be making that. Thanks!