Welcome back, readers! In honor of this festive time of year I have a most perfect gingerbread loaf! This loaf is lovely moist, flavorful, and thoroughly festive-- and oh so giftable! So let's get right to it:
- 1/2c softened butter
- 1/4c sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/2c molasses
- 2c flour
- 1tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ginger
- 3/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1c buttermilk
- Powdered sugar for dusting
Heat oven to 350, lightly spray a loaf pan (9x5 or 8.5x4.5 will do) with cooking spray.
1. Fit a mixer with a paddle attachment and cream together the softened butter with the sugar and vanilla. I didn't do this and I REALLY should have. Learn from my mistakes, people. (Update: the second loaf came out much better! Cream the butter and sugar. Do it.)
2. Lightly beat the eggs separately and add to the mix, beat until combined. Gently stir in molasses with a silicone spatula. Another thing I didn't do. I'm the worst. Molasses is weird and combines weirdly unless you stir it gently like a baby lamb. (Side note: do baby lambs stir? It just sounds right though doesn't it?)
If the eggs are too cold or if there is something ridiculous happening in your kitchen, your butter might congeal and get chunky at this point. If this happens, never fear! I stuck it in the microwave for a few moments and tah-dah! Fixed!!
3. Sift dry ingredients together.
4. Add the dry ingredients 1/4c at a time, alternating with splashes of buttermilk.
5. Continue to mix until just combined-- Don't over-mix! Also, apparently, don't take any photos of the finished batter. That would be helpful and instructive.
6. Pour into oiled loaf-pan, bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.
7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the loaf pan then turn out onto a cooling rack for another 5-10 minutes, dust top with powdered sugar. It is delicious on its own or served with whipping cream.
Thinking of baking mini loaves for gifts? Awesome! Keep the same oven temperature and reduce the baking time to 25-30 minutes. It may take up to 40-45 minutes depending on how many you are baking at once. I'd start checking at 25 minutes and check it every 5 minutes until they're done. The recipe yields about 6cups of batter, depending on your mini-loaf pan size, it will vary as to how many you will get-- I'd do a test run before volunteering to make a dozen...
Happy Holidays Beta-Testers! Hoping you have a very happy Christmas and I can't wait to share some more fun projects with you for the new year! xoxo--