12.23.2009

Mini gingerbread loaves

Help! I've started baking and now I can't stop!

I just had to share this gingerbread recipe with you. It's so darn good! I love the warm, spicy goodness of gingerbread.

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I added some extras to my bread. A bit of dates, cranberry and pecans made it all that much more delectable!

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I topped the bread with some ginger citrus frosting just for fun.

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Hey do ya think Santa would like a loaf of gingerbread instead of cookies this year?

Mini Gingerbread Loaves
by theUngourmet

Makes 3 mini loaves

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 chopped dates
1/3 cup chopped dried cranberry
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tsp fresh minced ginger
1 egg

In a bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, dates, cranberries and pecans.

Place butter in a large bowl and using an electric mixer, beat until creamy. Add the molasses, water, ginger, and egg. Mix to combine. Add the flour mixture and beat until well combined.

Divide evenly into greased mini loaf pans. Place loaf pans into a 350 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool.

For frosting

1/4 cup softened butter
1 tbsp 1/2 and 1/2 or milk
1 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp fresh minced ginger
1 tsp orange zest
2 cups powdered sugar

Blend butter with electric mixer until creamy. Add the milk, orange juice, vanilla, ginger, and orange zest. Blend well. Add the sugar a little at a time until creamy. Adjusting ingredients as needed to reach desired consistency.

Yum! Yum!

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Wishing you all a joyous, peaceful, and very Merry Christmas!

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40 comments:

Little Miss Baker said...

Yay!! this looks so tasty and cute and easy. I should give it a try soon :) Merry Christmas to you and your family Kim! Have a happy new year too if we don't talk until then!! xoxo

kallay said...

haha! when i first looked at this i was trying to figure out how you got the ginger bread to come out white. *duh kallay* clearly someone (me) needs sleep.

your cakes look great though! if i were santa i'd eat them with a serving fork!

merry christmas! :)

Angie's Recipes said...

Look amazing! I love your x'mas baking forms.

Sophie said...

MMMMM,....They look amazing & so georgous!!

Just lovely food gifts!!

Joanne said...

Haha I feel exactly the same way! Once I started making biscotti yesterday, I just couldn't stop. It's like, once the kitchen is a wreck, you might as well just keep on going!

The gingerbread sounds amazing! Love the frosting.

Happy holidays and merry christmas!

Cathy said...

Beautiful, Kim. What could be better than gingerbread topped with ginger and orange frosting? Your little pans and perfect too.

Merry Christmas to you all.

TKW said...

Bookmarking this recipe for next year! How cute are those little guys?

Chef E said...

I hate you! Oh well my baking is not going anywhere, since I still feel under the weather...

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Here's a question I've always wondered - if a recipe calls for dried cranberries, can you use Craisins instead? I usually have those around more than dried cranberries but wouldn't make a switch without knowing for sure - I definitely don't have your know-how!! Thanks and have a Merry Christmas ~ ♥

A Year on the Grill said...

yeah yeah yeah, great recipe...

BUT WHERE DO I GET SOME OF THOSE BAKING PANS???

Merry Christmas, take time to enjoy your efforts

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

I'm running to the store to get some mini loaf pans and making this pronto!

Tiffany @ Eat at Home said...

Oh, those look so good. The frosting looks divine, and I bet it tastes divine too. Merry Christmas!

Stephanie said...

Well, if Santa doesn't want it, he's crazy...and, I'll take some! :-) They look sooo yummy!! Love the frosting!

Merry Christmas!!

Judy said...

happy holidays! i hope you have a great new year!

Cathy said...

I love the dishes these are in! Merry Christmas

Just Breathe said...

Sounds delicious. Have a beautiful Christmas.

Chow and Chatter said...

Merry Christmas love these and your blog Rebecca

Fresh Local and Best said...

These are so cute and a great idea for portion control. Just popping in to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday!

Lisa said...

Your Gingerbread Loaves sound delicious and are quite pretty. I bet your family and friends are thrilled that you can't stop baking!

Merry Christmas!

Krista said...

This looks and sounds amazing! I always love your bread/cupcake frosting combos. They just sound SO good. I'd bet the recipients of this gingerbread were glad that you couldn't stop baking!

Hope that you have a wonderful holiday!

doggybloggy said...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Claudia said...

Delicious! Forget Santa. Save some for me. Merry, Merry Christmas!

Angelica Bays said...

Ooooh! I can smell them all the way down here in San Diego! Yuumm!!
I'm with the other poster who wanted to know where you got those darling cake pans!

Jeannie said...

Beautiful gingerbread in beautiful pans! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas too.

♥peachkins♥ said...

This looks cute. Merry Christmas!

Caroline said...

Mmmmm! Delish! Merry Christmas and thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday! :)

KennyT said...

Wow, you have very beautiful loaf pans!!!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Hope you are enjoying the holiday with your family. (I know you will be eating good!) Merry Christmas!

foodcreate said...

Looks so delicious ... and so easy to make Love the look's of it .. Can't wait to try it .. Thank you for sharing your recipe.. Merry Christmas ..:)

Deeba PAB said...

I love these mini loaves. fab flavours & such pretty loaf pans!
Merry Christmas & a fantastic New Year to you & your family!!

Katy ~ said...

LUV gingerbread!!

Those pans are adorable.

Santa would definitely want a loaf of this!

Donna-FFW said...

If I were Santa, Id request this!

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Tara said...

Kim

Wow--these look excellent!

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!

Faith said...

Oooh, I love all the goodies in these! I bet Santa loved them! ;)

Megan said...

Your loaf pans are adorable! Hope you had a very merry Christmas!

the twins said...

those look so good and your loaf pans are adorable!

Megan said...

I love gingerbread and these look yummy! Love the little pans and the frosting. Happy New Year to you!

Danielle said...

I usually give away banana bread but I need to add something different...this will be perfect!! and since ive had such a hard time with my computer lately and didn't get to see this until just now, I think it's going to be a New Years gift. It looks wonderful.

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

I made these yesterday, but instead of making mini loaves I made muffins -because around here we are so lazy, we don't even want to get a knife out of the drawer. I cooked them for only 20 minutes and they turned out AWESOME! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

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