Gingerbread is a classic flavor for the holiday season, and with Christmas coming we opted to do a little something different this year. Instead of making the traditional cookie, we went for a soft, dense cake like loaf coated in a sweet sugared glaze. Sliced and served, this Glazed Ginger Bread Loaf is sure to become a new holiday tradition of yours too!
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We’ve all heard this part of the age old poem, ‘Run, run as fast as you can- you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man.’ One thing’s for certain, that gingerbread is an essential Holiday element, and that it’s more than likely bound to come in hard (potentially decorated) cookie form.
My youngest asked me some interesting questions recently though. Why is gingerbread a part of Christmas? Where does it come from? Obviously, I didn’t have anything prepared- but he definitely had me curious too. So we went about finding some answers.
So when we (the son, myself, and everyone else I polled) think of ‘gingerbread’ today, frosted, decorated gingerbread houses come to mind- and of course the sturdy cookie everyone decorates at Christmas. We tend to associate it now with any dessert featuring a combination go ginger and honey, or ginger and molasses.
Believe it or not, both the Ancient Egyptians & the Ancient Chinese had their own recipes for ginger bread. Although there’s was often more bread like, with ginger bread taking on a ‘preserved ginger’ meaning. Gingerbread ‘cookies’ as we know them used to be a treat, a delicacy, the upper class and royalty enjoyed all year long in 15th & 16th century Europe. They would be baked in all shapes and sizes depending on the season, and decorated accordingly.
Gingerbread houses became popular around the same time in Germany. They really rose in fame with the spread of the Brothers’ Grimm’s story- Hansel & Gretl. I mean who wouldn’t want to enjoy an entirely edible house covered in sweet treats, minus the scary child-eating witchy bit?!
Many things have made there way over to the States over the past couple centuries, and gingerbread was no exception. It’s introduction to our country’s culinary melting pot came courtesy of Colonial Colonists. Along with the hardened cookies used to celebrate special occasions, they also had a version that was much softer and more bread like. More like a dense cake than a hard cookie.
Fun fact, one of the first colonial cookbooks featured George Washington’s Mothers recipe for her soft, cake like gingerbread- and it’s been passed down through so many generations that it’s still made today.
Of course my kids are gonna make our traditional hardened gingerbread house in the days leading up to Christmas, but I’ve decided to add a new recipe into my traditional Christmas rotation- this Glazed Ginger Bread Loaf. It’s the perfect Christas sweet/treat to usher in and really embrace the flavors of the season.
This version is a classic, but we did up the ante by adding a sweet glaze. You can’t ever go wrong with frosting or glazing baked goods, can you? I mean, if you can- I don’t think I’d want to be right.
Like any other bread-ish dish, this one starts out simple. A mixture of flour, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, and baking soda are evenly combined in a mixing bowl. Next the wet ingredients, the butter, sugar, and eggs, are creamed together until evenly combined. I recommend doing this in the bowl of a stand mixer, but if that isn’t an option- then I’d use a large mixing bowl and a hand mixer to cream them together.
I know people who insist on hand-creaming their butter & sugar mixtures, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all! I just don’t like lumps and prefer a fine mixture, plus add in the convenience factor- and there ya go. Or at least that’s the reason behind my rationale. Next, the dry ingredients (aka the flour mixture) are slowly added into the wet, stirring/mixing bit by bit until evenly combined- and continuing until everything’s combined into one smooth, delicious batter.
If you don’t have one, I’d suggest investing in a trusty metal loaf pan. It has soooo many great uses. My top two favorites being fool proof meatloaf, and perfect loaves of bread- whatever recipes going in them. So grease your loaf pan, you can either use non stick cooking spray or the more traditional stick of butter method. Pour the Glazed Ginger Bread Loaf batter out into the pan, and use a spatula if necessary to smooth it out evenly.
This warm, welcoming Christmas-style loaf is then baked at 350 degrees, on the bottom rack, for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 225 and transfer the bread to the top rack cooking for an additional 20 minutes, or until cooked through. If in doubt, insert a wooden skewer into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, the loaf’s cooked through.
Let the mixture cool, not completely but enough to handle comfortably. Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to release it. Turn out and transfer the loaf to a serving platter, plate, etc. Let it finish cooling completely.
Stir together the powdered sugar, the half & half, and the vanilla emulsion- just until evenly combined. Glaze your loaf of bread, slice, and enjoy. This Glazed Ginger Bread Loaf is the perfect way to bring back a little bit of old fashioned fun & flavor to your Holiday menu, but with a delicious sweet glaze that makes it all the more snazzy, and a whole lot yummier.
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Glazed Gingerbread Loaf
For The Gingerbread Loaf
- 1 ½ cups of Flour
- 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
- 2 ¼ teaspoons of Ground Ginger
- 1 teaspoon of Salt
- 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda
- ½ cup Cabot Creamery butter softened
- 1 cup of Dixie Crystal's granulated sugar
- 4 Eggs
For The Glaze
- 1 1/2 cups Dixie Crystal's powdered sugar
- 4 tbsp half & half
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Start by mixing your flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate mixing bowl cream together your butter, sugar, and eggs.
- Slowly add your flour mixture to the cream mixture, while mixing.
- Mix until well blended.
- Fill your greased bread pan with batter.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes on bottom rack.
- Move to top rack and bake at 225 for 20 more minutes or until baked through.
- Let cool.
- Mix together you powdered sugar, half and half, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
- Glaze your loaf of bread and slice.
- Serve and enjoy!
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