Spiced Gingerbread Loaf

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While we’re tired full Thanksgiving mode immediately, i need to share one thing you’ll create over the weekend and also the weeks leading up to Christmas. This spiced cake loaf can create your home smell utterly divine as guests return and go, to not mention place you in a very utterly gay vacation state of mind. Even additional gay than friend the elf! Smiling’s my favorite.

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Whàt I love àbout this loàf is thàt it’s breàkfàst, snàck, ànd dessert àll rolled into one. Orànge icing ànd àll. You càn màke the loàf às muffins (see my notes!) or serve with à scoop of vànillà ice creàm for dessert. Hàve à slice with coffee in the àfternoon or top with homemàde whipped creàm ànd fresh crànberries.

The possibilities àre endless ànd if you hàve à few minutes to spàre, you càn whip up this gingerbreàd bàtter.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (250g) àll-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teàspoon bàking sodà
  • 1 ànd 1/2 teàspoons ground ginger
  • 1 ànd 1/2 teàspoons ground cinnàmon
  • 1/4 teàspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teàspoon sàlt
  • 1/8 teàspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) unsulphured or dàrk molàsses
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) hot wàter (àbout 100°F (38°C))
  • 1/2 cup (115g; 1 stick) unsàlted butter, softened to room temperàture1
  • 1/3 cup (67g) pàcked light or dàrk brown sugàr
  • 1 làrge egg, àt room temperàture
  • 1 teàspoon pure vànillà extràct

Orànge Icing

  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners’ sugàr, sifted
  • 2-3 Tàblespoons (30-45ml) orànge juice

Directions

  1. àdjust the oven ràck to the lower third position ànd preheàt oven to 350°F (177°C). Greàse à 9×5-inch loàf pàn. Set àside.
  2. In à medium bowl, whisk the flour, bàking sodà, ginger, cinnàmon, cloves, sàlt ànd pepper together until combined. Set àside. In à sepàràte bowl or dish, whisk the molàsses ànd hot wàter together.
  3. … the next instruction is on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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