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Gingerbread Loaf

a sweet treat recipe
ingredients
FOR THE GINGERBREAD
½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (198g) granulated sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup (225g) overripe bananas, about 2 medium
1½ cup (180g) all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ginger root, ground
2 tsp cinnamon (cassia), ground
½ tsp nutmeg, ground
1 tsp cloves, ground
FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
½ cup (113g) cream cheese, softened
1 vanilla bean, split
1½ cup (170g) powdered sugar, sifted
crystallized ginger, small pieces, for topping
Gingerbread Loaf
a sweet treat recipe
Brianna Shaver is a recipe developer and food photographer currently based in the PNW. After graduating from pastry school, Brianna went on to spend the next 10 years working in bakeries and restaurants and started two small businesses in Seattle, WA. After having her first child, she left her career as a corporate pastry chef at a large tech company to prioritize the things she loves: recipe development, food photography & spending ample time with her family. When not in the kitchen you can catch her hiking up a mountain or curling up on the couch with a good book. Follow her drool worthy content on Instagram @gardenboxbaking and TikTok @gardenboxbaking.
a little bit about the recipe
Packed with warm spices and topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting, this gingerbread loaf is the perfect addition to any holiday feast!
TIME (ACTIVE) | 15 M
TOTAL | 15 M
1 SERVING | 1 loaf
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SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
HAND MIXER
directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350f. Spray and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with a hand mixer. Add in the vanilla extract, egg and bananas, mix to combine.

  • Add in the flour, baking soda and spices all at once and mix until just combined.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes then remove the gingerbread from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

  • While the loaf is baking, make the cream cheese frosting by mixing the softened cream cheese and vanilla bean together in a bowl with a hand mixer. Sift in the powdered sugar and mix until silky smooth.

  • Spread the cream cheese frosting onto the cooled loaf and top with crystalized ginger pieces. Slice and enjoy!


Expiry: 4 days wrapped tight in the refrigerator.
tips
If you don't have parchment paper or non stick spray, you can butter and flour the loaf pan instead.
ingredients in recipe
4.9
ground
Dried ground ginger is an aromatic and pungent spice with citrusy, even woodsy, notes. Used in baked goods and ginger-flavored favs.
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cassia
ground
Ground cassia cinnamon's spicy, warm flavor and aroma star in many homespun fall and winter recipes. Cassia is dominant variety of cinnamon in America.
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ground
Nutmeg has a warm, sweet, slightly pungent aroma and taste. Ground nutmeg is a clumpy, light colored, orange-brown powder.
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Freshly ground cloves yield a rich chocolatey brown powder with an intense aroma and a powerful warming flavor.
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grade a
whole
Whole vanilla bean pods are long, thin, and pliable. They have a rich, dark brown color with a smooth and shiny surface and have an inviting fragrance that is sweet, floral, and slightly spicy.
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crystallized
small cubes
Crystallized ginger root is tender and sweet with a spicy bite. Add small cubes of crystallized ginger to dishes for chewy texture and a bit of sweet spiciness.
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