I have had such a crave for gingerbread the last few weeks. Living in Florida is beautiful, but when searching for anything that reminds this Colorado girl of the Christmas season, I will go on a bandwagon for it!
Gingerbread is one of those differentiating breads that really help sooth my homesickness. The smell dances from the oven and into my hungry-for-Christmas-nose, telling me it IS Christmas time even if it is 70 degrees outside
Winston just devoured this bread, and of course I loved helping him! Benjamin isn’t as keen on baked breads, but that is fine with me 😉
It isn’t overly sweet, made perfect with a little butter spread on top and it is the coziest for teatime.
Happy first week of December!
I really liked this recipe from Chow
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup well-shaken low-fat buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup dark molasses, such as Grandma’s Robust
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 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.
- Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and cloves 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 45 minutes. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.