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Old Fashioned Gingerbread

 

This Old Fashioned Gingerbread has been passed down through the generations and is a family favorite! Make it into a bread for breakfast or a cake for dessert, it’s perfect all day long! This copycat version of Starbucks Gingerbread will have you skipping the drive through and making it at home.

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Old Fashioned Gingerbread

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

 

One of the worst aspects to being a recipe blogger is that I tend to do most of my typing and photo editing at night.

During the day I’m either baking or cooking or spending time with my family.

Staring at food all night long can REALLY make you hungry and this my friends is the main culprit of my not losing weight but holding it close to my hips.

I initially went on a gingerbread kick last Christmas.

I made several versions and had my usual taste testers give them all a try.

 

 

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

 

 

The funny thing was, that this recipe is one I do not know who to give credit to.

I found this recipe for Old Fashioned Gingerbread in THREE different church style cookbooks, from THREE different states, by THREE different groups of people.

This exact same recipe was in all of them.

Each book was a different date and the only difference was that one of them included the apple sauce, while the other two did not.

I wondered what the chances were that this exact recipe would end up in so many different cookbooks as a favorite.

And after doing a little internet digging, I discovered that this recipe is overwhelmingly the main recipe online for Gingerbread.

 

 

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

 

 

Now some people have turned it into a cake, while others have kept it a bread.

But overall, it’s the same recipe, just different cooking times, depending on the size of your pan.

I have even found a few people who have said that this is the exact recipe their great grandmother used.

As much as I would love to give someone credit, I don’t know who.

Someone long ago fell in love with this recipe and passed it along to all of her friends, who then passed it along to theirs.

Now it seems to be the agreed upon recipe for Gingerbread.

 

 

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

 

 

In a comparison experiment, I tried a slice of Starbucks Gingerbread and there was only one main difference.

They add diced up crystallized ginger in theirs.

If you want to turn this version of Old Fashioned Gingerbread into a Starbucks version, add the diced up crystallized ginger.

As I sit here staring at the photos, I can almost smell that rich gingerbread scent.

In fact, it seems so real that I can almost taste it.

Lucky for me, I loved this Old Fashioned Gingerbread so much that I decided to to whip some up tonight.

 

 

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

 

 

And so yes I am smelling it, because it just came out of the oven and is cooling as I type.

Funny enough, it’s my second loaf today that I’ve made.

The first one though did not turn out.

It was an odd texture and really mild smelling.

It wasn’t until I made my second loaf that I realized what I had done wrong.

I had forgotten the molasses.

Gingerbread without molasses isn’t gingerbread.

 

 

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

 

 

However this second loaf looks perfect, smells amazing and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it!

Gingerbread has a long history of being a favorite.

In fact, it is said that an Armenian Monk brought it over to Europe in 992 CE.

This tells you that it’s even older than that, since the Monk already knew how to make it before he came.

Then over the years, gingerbread was distributed to Sweden, Germany and eventually the Untied States.

In the 1640’s it was sold in stores and believed to help with indigestion.

Early settlers in the Americas found molasses to be cheaper than sugar and that it produced a softer cake.

 

 

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

 

 

Today there are many varieties of gingerbread as we have cakes and cookies.

Over time Old Fashioned Gingerbread, as well as their cousin the Gingerbread cookie, became synonymous with Christmas.

It’s difficult to think of Christmas without also thinking of Gingerbread.

This Old Fashioned Gingerbread is now a yearly tradition for my family.

We find it to be delicious and something to look forward to each year!

If you are a fan of gingerbread, give this Old Fashioned cake like version a try!

 

Yield: 1 Loaf

Gingerbread

This Old Fashioned Gingerbread has been passed down through the generations and is a family favorite! Make it into a bread for breakfast or a cake for dessert, it's perfect all day long! This copycat version of Starbucks Gingerbread will have you skipping the drive through and making it at home.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Prepare a bread pan by lining with parchment paper and spraying with cooking spray. This will ensure bread slips right out of your pan with zero sticking.
  3. Blend sugar and butter together until fluffy.
  4. Add egg and molasses and beat well, scraping sides as needed.
  5. Add baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Mix well.
  6. Add flour in 1/2 cup at at time and mixing between each addition.
  7. While mixing, SLOWLY add water to thin batter out. Now is the time to add the apple sauce if you wish, though I didn't need it.
  8. If adding the crystallized ginger, add now.
  9. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and bake for 55 minutes. Remove from oven and add create a tent over bread to prevent from edges getting to dark.
  10. Place bread back in oven and bake for 15 - 20 more minutes.
  11. Remove from oven when a toothpick inserted into the middle of bread comes out clean.

Notes

This can also be made into a 9x9 cake or 4 mini loaf pans. Total cooking time will be approximately 45 - 55 minutes for cake pan or mini loaf pans.

Nutritional Information is estimated, not exact.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337 Total Fat: 10.1g Saturated Fat: 6.1g Cholesterol: 41mg Sodium: 390mg Carbohydrates: 59.2g Fiber: 1.2g Sugar: 28.3g Protein: 3.9g
Yield: Enough for 1 loaf

Frosting

This Old Fashioned Gingerbread has been passed down through the generations and is a family favorite! Make it into a bread for breakfast or a cake for dessert, it's perfect all day long! This copycat version of Starbucks Gingerbread will have you skipping the drive through and making it at home.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Instructions

  1. Blend cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  3. Add vanilla mixing well.
  4. If mixture is too thick, add heavy cream and blend (optional)
  5. Spread thick cream cheese frosting over bread.
  6. Top with a LIGHT dusting of cinnamon for beauty.

Notes

Nutritional Information is estimated, not exact.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92 Total Fat: 3.3g Saturated Fat: 2.1g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 28mg Carbohydrates: 15.2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 14.8g Protein: 0.7g

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