Tasty Thursday: Gingerbread Loaf

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I am so happy to have a post published at Huffington Post this week, where I looked how mothering differs, generation to generation. Would love and appreciate if you could read it, at your leisure. Thank you.

After last week’s rather heavy post about labels, I figure we’ll go easy this week, with a recipe. I realize you guys probably don’t eat/ read/ think about gingerbread outside of December, but the advantage of living in a tropical country with no defined seasons is, we eat whatever we want, whenever we want and not worry about being out of season. I know, I live on the edge.

I have an obsession with spiced baked goods. When I see ‘cinnamon’, ‘nutmeg’, ‘ginger’, ‘black pepper’ in recipes, I want to make it and eat it right there and then.

I came across this nearly 4-year old recipe for gingerbread loaf, from one of my favorite recipe haunts, Chow.com, and told my sister that we were baking this. Of course, as usual, I didn’t have half the spices required so we substituted a couple of things, and the cake still turned out delicious (go check the original recipe for the original spices – but the beauty with spiced cakes is that you can substitute a few spices, and they will work out pretty well).

 Gingerbread cake


Make it, make it now. It’s really good by itself, or with some ice cream, or a cup of coffee.

Gingerbread Loaf
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  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon mixed spices (cloves, nutmeg, coriander, dill) - you can use allspice as well
  7. 1/2 cup well-shaken low-fat buttermilk
  8. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  9. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  10. 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  1. Heat oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in middle. Coat a 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan with butter, dust with flour, and tap out excess.
  2. Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and mixed spices in a large bowl. Whisk to aerate and break up any lumps; set aside. In a separate medium bowl, stir together buttermilk and vanilla until combined.
  3. Combine butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until light in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in molasses until well combined then add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until well incorporated.
  4. Stop mixer and scrape bowl and paddle (mixture will look separated and curdled). Add one third flour mixture beating on low speed just until flour is incorporated. Add half buttermilk mixture and once batter is smooth add another third flour mixture. Add remaining buttermilk and mix until incorporated. Add remaining flour mixture, and beat until incorporated and smooth.
  5. Pour into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and cake is pulling away from sides of pan, about 40 minutes.
  6. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
Adapted from Chow
Adapted from Chow
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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • January 17, 2013 Christine

    YUM. That is all.
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  • January 17, 2013 Jackie

    Yummy! Topped with a vanilla cream sauce or fresh whipped cream and it’d be perfect!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Mmm, yes!

  • January 17, 2013 Leslie

    Mmmmm….I LOVE gingerbread! I bet the buttermilk and molasses really keep this recipe moist too. Thanks for sharing!
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, this was a really moist cake!

  • January 17, 2013 Jessica

    Sounds delicious. I love gingerbread.
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  • January 17, 2013 Roxanne

    Looks delicious!!
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  • January 17, 2013 Stasha

    I am obsessed with ginger. Just done my baking for the week tonight, will give this a go next week.
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Let me know how it goes!

      • February 6, 2013 Igor

        So I just realized that I haven’t been gttnieg your posts in my reader for the last month. What? Not cool. But you know what is cool? These tattoos. My daughter and I are totally going to make sleeves with them. Thanks for sharing them!

  • January 17, 2013 adrienne

    Yum! I love to bake! I’m gonna have to try this one. 🙂
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Do and tell me how it goes!

  • January 17, 2013 Sue

    Stopping by from SITS. That looks delicious. I like spices too. I pinned it so I can make this sometime 🙂
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Sue, thank you for stopping by and Pinning the recipe! I do hope you try it, it’s really good.

  • January 17, 2013 my inner chick

    B E A U T I F U L.

    I Loooooove the color. WOW. Xxxxxx
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    • January 17, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Kim!!!

  • January 17, 2013 Heather's Happenings

    I think my kids would LOVE this!
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    • January 18, 2013 Alison

      I hope they will, let me know when you try this!

    • February 6, 2013 Fabio

      OMGosh, I had soooo much fun with this! You not only inspired me to make a wlleat card but to have a give away too! I never saw one of these before and now I am so hooked! Thank you! The DT did an excellent job on creating beautiful wlleats! Oh, yea, my card, here it is…I hope you like it!Blessings, Maria

  • January 17, 2013 Sue

    Yay! Gingerbread all year-round!
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    • January 18, 2013 Alison

      So very true in my household!

  • January 18, 2013 Tess

    Oh man, that looks good! Congrats on the piece at Huffington Post-yay!
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    • January 18, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Tess! And it tasted as good as it looked!

  • January 18, 2013 Kim

    That looks really yummy, Alison. I think you are right: perhaps a little scoop or ice cream and a hot coffee – would be one tasty treat!

    • January 18, 2013 Alison

      Even by itself, it was delish.

  • January 18, 2013 tracy

    I love gingerbread! Make me some STAT! xo
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  • January 18, 2013 Natalie

    This sounds super tasty…I love gingerbread flavors!
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    • January 18, 2013 Alison

      It WAS super tasty, one of my favorite recipes.

  • January 18, 2013 Alma

    I must say this looks yummy. I am not a baker, but I save your recipes to make believe one day I will be brave enough to try it.
    I will let you know if I do.
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    • January 18, 2013 Alison

      You can crochet, which means you can bake 🙂

  • January 18, 2013 Mothering From Scratch

    [Melinda} I love homemade bread. Any kind. Anytime. Anywhere. 🙂
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    • January 18, 2013 Alison

      Well, this is more a cake than bread. 🙂

  • January 18, 2013 Elaine A.

    I’m like you – love those comforting spices. This sounds (and looks) delish!!

    • January 19, 2013 Alison

      It was!!

  • January 18, 2013 Kimberly

    That sounds, and looks, delicious! I’m a big fan of gingerbread.
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  • January 18, 2013 The Dose of Reality

    I’m not a good baker at all…but that sounds delicious enough that I just might give it a try! I can practically smell it in the oven right now! (which is my favorite part of the whole process)
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    • January 20, 2013 Alison

      It smelled really good. Tasted even better. 🙂

  • January 19, 2013 Greta

    YUM. We have a sort of “marketplace” in a bog room in the church after services sometimes, and there’s a lady that always brings GF goodies to sell. My mom will pick up something for us, and the last thing she got was a gingerbread loaf. It was SO GOOD.
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    • January 20, 2013 Alison

      GF gingerbread loaf?? WIN.

  • January 19, 2013 Vanita

    so hubby passes by while im here visiting
    sees the gingerbread “ooh what’s that?” he’s asks. I say gingerbread. he says he likes ginger. i say nothing. u know i dont want to go buy the ingredients, put it all together or clean up the mess from baking it, u know this right?
    hubby repeats “that looks good” I agree. hubby says he’ll give $20 to make it. I say ok, and take the $20. i’m waiting for one of the teens to wake up so i can offer one of them $10 to make it. What? what? I gotta get my cut too. sheesh.
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    • January 20, 2013 Alison

      Hahahaha!! You’re such a sly one. I hope one of the girls did try making it. The process seems convoluted, but it’s actually not that difficult. Happy eating!

  • January 20, 2013 Jessica

    I honestly have never tried a spiced baked good that I didn’t like. This recipe sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing!
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    • January 20, 2013 Alison

      It is, very much so! YUM.

  • January 21, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I’d have to special order more molasses but this looks good!

    • January 21, 2013 Alison

      It is totally worth special ordering molasses.

  • January 21, 2013 JDaniel4's Mom

    This looks really wonderful. I don’t think I have made gingerbread in ages. I need to try to and use your recipe.
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    • January 21, 2013 Alison

      It’s really yummy, do try!

  • January 22, 2013 TOI

    I love your writing so much. beautiful article over Huffington Post
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    • January 22, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • January 27, 2013 Tonya

    Oh my yum.
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