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Whole-Grain Gingerbread

This recipe has a unique attribute: tasters can't tell the difference between the white flour and whole wheat flour version. If you're looking for a whole-grain recipe that's sure to please the whole family, this is it. It only takes a few minutes to put together, and bakes in about half an hour. For a quick and easy dessert that makes a great lunchbox snack (if you're lucky enough to have any left over), this gingerbread is the answer.—Taste of Home Cooking School
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground cloves and nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup candied or crystallized ginger, optional
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. In a small bowl, combine the butter and molasses. Add to the flour mixture; mix until ingredients are moistened. Stir in water. Beat egg in buttermilk; stir into batter until well mixed. If desired, fold in ginger.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

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