Nothing says Merry Christmas than the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, am I right?? What if you could have a moist, flavorful loaf filled with all that gingerbread-y goodness and drizzled with a spiced icing that is irresistible? Then do I have the recipe for you! This gingerbread loaf with a spiced icing glaze is not only festive and delicious, it’s also incredibly easy. Mix, pour, bake, enjoy. Not too challenging, right? Christmas can already be stressful enough, why bake something overly complicated. I want easy and tasty out of my holiday desserts and this one takes the cake…I mean loaf.
Christmas time is here and you know that means?? Holiday baking! Oh yeah! This time of year is arguably my favorite. Final exams are almost over, the holiday is just around the corner, and it’s a time of year when I can get back in the kitchen baking with Momma Crawford. One of my favorite holiday traditions is spending time at home, cooking and baking with my mom. Christmas music can be heard on the radio as we dance and groove around the kitchen, mixing batters and fixing up casseroles. It’s something fun I always enjoy around the holidays!
Since this recipe is so easy, it’s a great one to get your kids or grandkids involved with! Make it an afternoon they won’t soon forget. Gingerbread loaf, hot cocoa, and Christmas specials: now that sounds like a great time to me!
Gingerbread Loaf with a Spiced Icing Glaze Recipe
For the loaf
½ cup white sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 c. molasses
½ c. apple sauce, unsweetened
2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. allspice
1 c. hot water
For the icing
1 c. confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbsp. heavy cream
1 Tbsp. eggnog
½ tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
For the loaf. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.
In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light, fluffy, and pale in color. Add the egg and beat until well incorporated. Add in the molasses and apple sauce and beat until well combined.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg until combined. Blend the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until combined. Stir in the hot water (carefully!) until incorporated. Pour into the prepared pans.
Bake for 1 hour until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan before serving.
For the glaze. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and ginger until incorporated. Drizzle over the loaf before serving. Store in an airtight container in the fridge when not using.