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GingerBread Loaf Recipe

January 9th, 2014 by alice  Tags: , | Print This Post Print This Post

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
  2. 2teaspoonsground cinnamon
  3. 1teaspoonground cloves
  4. 2 1/4teaspoonsginger
  5. 1teaspoonorange extract (optional)
  6. 1teaspoonsalt
  7. 1/2cupbutter, softened
  8. 1cupwhite sugar
  9. 1teaspoonbaking soda
  10. 1cupapplesauce
  11. 1/2packetyeast(this can be deleted if so desired)
  12. 1/4cuphot water, 105 to 115 deg,if using yeast,i found it useful in building the desired density of the gb loaf(whether you use this or not….either way it is a wounderful treat)
  13. FROSTING

  14. 8ouncescream cheese
  15. 2 1/2cupsconfectioners’ sugar
  16. 1teaspoonvanilla extract
  17. 1/2teaspoonorange extract
  18. 1/4cup of dicedcandied ginger

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
  4. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Dissolve baking soda into applesauce and mix into creamed butter.
  7. Add flour mixture.
  8. Mix until smooth.
  9. Pour batter into a loaf pan.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes (I do 45 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out just slightly sticky.
  11. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  12. Beat in vanilla.
  13. Gradually beat in confectioner’s sugar.
  14. Frost cake when it is completely cooled.
  15. Decorate with chopped candied orange peel or candied ginger.

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