Give me all the loaves masquerading as cake, but especially deep, dark, mysterious gingerbread.
- 2.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1.5 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temp
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup fancy molasses unsulfured light
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
Heat the oven to 350°F and lightly butter a loaf pan. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
In a bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together 1 cup hot water and molasses. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the egg until glossy, then mix in the apple sauce and molasses mix.
Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well combined and pour into the pan.
Bake for 1 hour or until a tester comes out clean. If the top starts to brown too much, top loosely with a piece of foil. Cool completely in the pan on wire rack before optional glazing (see notes for glaze).
This is a medium-low sweet loaf, so the glaze will add a lot of sweetness if you're looking for that.
To glaze: mix 1.5 cups powdered sugar with 3 tbsp milk until smooth. Spoon over the top of the loaf.
Estimated nutrition doesn't include glaze.
Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 5.3g | Fat: 12.5g | Saturated Fat: 7.5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 37.4g