Gingerbread Loaf Recipe
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Gingerbread Loaf Recipe

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Enjoy the old-fashioned appeal of gingerbread in a loaf with this recipe originally from Holland. This moist spicy bread smells delicious while it's baking...and slices are wonderful spread with cream cheese. The recipe makes two big loaves, so we have one to eat and one to freeze for later...or to give away. -Martina Biemond, Rosedale, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 154 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, milk, syrup and oil. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be thin). Pour into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans.
  2. Bake at 325° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Gingerbread Loaf in Quick Cooking November/December 1999, p27

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"This was a great recipe! I also substituted molasses for the syrup and cut the sugar in half - it was plenty sweet. Thanks for sharing!!"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"This is an excellent fast recipe. I added two cups of pecan pieces for an extra touch. There was a lot of batter which was good, I made 8 mini loaves and 3 8x4 loaves."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"I also substituted molasses which I thank past reviewers for. Didn't seem to sweet as other suggested. Perhaps that is because of the substitution. Definitely a keeper."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"As another reviewer suggested, I swapped the maple syrup for molasses because typical gingerbread usually calls for it. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe exactly and it is delicious! I can see how others might think it's too sweet, as gingerbread is usually only a little bit sweet. However, eating a slice warm with butter and cream cheese helped to balance the sweetness nicely. This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"I made this recipe and drizzled a vanilla glaze over it. It smelled delicious as it baked. It freezes well too."

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