Do you love gingerbread all year long?
When the gingerbread spice lattes hit Starbucks, I just cannot get enough of them.
Well, ok the same goes for pumpkin too, but that’s a given.
One of my favorite ways to share the sweets and baked goodness of Christmas is to wrap a
mini loaf and deliver it to neighbors and friends, wishing them everything good and wonderful
for their holiday season.
Molasses is the star of this sweet and a little spicy gingerbread recipe. And I found it (and made a few changes)
from the best source. The Brer Rabbit site, which might I add is chock full of wonderful recipes. I love to add
molasses to my BBQ sauce, so I have to remember molasses all year long can be wonderful!
Here is what I used to make these sweet little loaves, and how I packaged them.
Each loaf wrapped in waxed paper, nestled in a little paper plate basket (see below) and tied with a pretty
ribbon. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Simple, thoughtful & so pretty!
- 3/4 cup applesauce or vegetable shortening
- 3/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup Brer Rabbit® Blackstrap Molasses (can substitute with full or light flavor molasses)
- 2 cups gluten free flour or wheat flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- Dash of salt
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Preheat oven to 350* degrees, and butter three mini loaf pans or one large loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the applesauce, sugar, molasses and eggs, blend well and set aside.
- In another mixing bowl blend the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
- Stir flour mixture and boiling water in quickly to the molasses mixture and fill three mini loaf pans evenly. Bake about 30 minutes, or slightly more depending on your oven. Gingerbread is done when the center of the loaf springs back to the touch or toothpick comes out clean.
- If desired, garnish with course sugar or powdered sugar.
Looking for more easy holiday baking ideas?
Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar + Printable Tags
What are some of your favorite treats and recipes to make and share this time of year?
Leave me a comment and let me know what you are stirring up in the kitchen during the next few weeks!
Until next time-