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Gluten Free Moist Gingerbread Loaf with Pecan Icing

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The aroma of warm spices and the rich sweetness of molasses are the essential components of this Delicious Moist Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf Recipe with Pecan Icing. This moist, quick bread, with a drizzle of icing topped with crunchy pecans, is best enjoyed during the holiday season as a cozy winter indulgence or as a heartwarming slice. If you are a gingerbread lover, you will love this easy holiday dessert! It’s also an easy recipe you can make any time of year.

Spiced Gingerbread Loaf with Milk and Cinnamon Sticks

I love gingerbread, and these ginger spice recipes get me in the holiday spirit. Gingerbread season is the best in my book! This will be another great addition to your gluten-free baking. If you love quick bread, you will also love our Easy, Moist Banana Bread with Sour Cream!

Large loaf of Gingerbread with Icing and pecans

What Makes this Holiday Ginger Loaf Special?

  • These ingredients are all at your local grocery store in the baking aisle
  • Full of gingerbread spices!
  • It has a moist crumb.
  • Gluten-free and Non-Gluten Free guests will all enjoy this recipe
  • It’s delicious with Icing or Cream Cheese Frosting.
  • It’s a perfect holiday hostess gift or holiday dessert
  • It has a super moist texture
  • It’s an EASY Holiday Dessert
Ingredients for Gingerbread Loaf

Ingredients for this Moist Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf

  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. (I used Cup4Cup All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour.)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon  baking soda – I used  Bob’s Red Mill GF
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon  ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup packed  brown sugar
  • ½ cup  blackstrap molasses
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 eggs at  room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Butter to grease the pan
Easy-Gingerbread-with Milk and Cinnamon Sticks

Step-by-Step Instructions for Gingerbread  Quick Bread

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set it aside.

2.  Dry Ingredients – Whisk the flour,  baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, and allspice in a  medium bowl. Set aside.

3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter completely in the microwave

4. Add the brown sugar and molasses to the melted butter and mix until the sugar is dissolved.

5. Stir in the warm water, followed by the eggs. Mix the mixture in the mixing bowl until it’s smooth and well combined.

6. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in a  large bowl, stirring until everything is thoroughly incorporated and you have a smooth batter.

7. Transfer the gingerbread batter to the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

8. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

9. Once done, remove the gluten-free gingerbread loaf from the oven at the end of the baking time and let it cool in the loaf pan on a  wire rack for about 10 minutes.

10. Prepare the icing by whisking the confectioners’ sugar and milk until you have a smooth and pourable consistency.

11. Carefully remove the spiced gingerbread loaf from the pan and place it on the wire rack. Run a sharp knife around the exterior of the bread.

12. Drizzle the icing over the top of the loaf. If using, sprinkle the chopped pecans on top!

13. Allow the icing to set before slicing the gingerbread loaf.

14. Once the icing is set, slice the loaf and serve.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

1. Please note that baking times for this gluten-free gingerbread loaf can vary, so keep an eye on the loaf as it bakes, and the toothpick test is good.

2. Add 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips to this recipe for a Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf

3. To store, wrap the Gingerbread loaf in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. It can be stored at room temperature for 4-5 days.

4. To freeze the loaf, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag. It can be frozen for up to 3 months

FAQ About This Easy Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf

What are other spices you can incorporate into Gingerbread?

You can add other flavors like pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or ground cardamom.

What can prevent a dry Gingerbread Loaf?

It’s critical not to over-bake in the oven to ensure a moist gingerbread. To achieve the best result, bake for 50 minutes and monitor every 2 minutes. Use a dry toothpick to test for doneness.

What are the origins of Gingerbread?

Gingerbread is thought to have originated by an Armenian Monk in 992 AD.  ‘Gingerbread foods vary, ranging from a moist loaf cake to forms nearly as crisp as a ginger snap’. – Wikipedia

Slices of Holiday Cake with Icing

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Delicious Easy Spiced Gingerbread Loaf – (Gluten-Free)

The aroma of warm spices and the rich sweetness of molasses are the essential components of this Delicious Gluten-Free Spiced Gingerbread Loaf. This moist, quick bread, with a drizzle of icing topped with crunchy pecans, is best enjoyed during the holiday season as a cozy winter indulgence or as a heartwarming slice any time of the year! 

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 10 Slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. I used Cup4Cup.

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda – I used Bob’s Red Mill GF

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup blackstrap molasses

1/2 cup warm water

2 eggs at room temperature

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Butter to grease the pan

Instructions

Step-by-Step Instructions for Gingerbread  Quick Bread

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set it aside.

2. Mix the Dry Ingredients – Whisk the flour,  baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, and allspice in a  medium bowl. Set aside.

3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter completely in the microwave. You can also melt it on the stovetop. 

4. Add the brown sugar and molasses to the melted butter and mix until the sugar is dissolved.

5. Stir in the warm water, followed by the eggs. Mix the mixture in the mixing bowl until it’s smooth and well combined.

6. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in a  large bowl, stirring until everything is thoroughly incorporated and you have a smooth batter.

7. Transfer the gingerbread loaf batter to the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

8. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Check every two minutes after the 50-minute point to prevent a dry gingerbread. 

9. Once done, remove the gluten-free gingerbread loaf from the oven at the end of the baking time and let it cool in the loaf pan on a  wire rack for about 10 minutes.

10. Prepare the icing by whisking the confectioners’ sugar and milk until you have a smooth and pourable consistency.

11. Carefully remove the gingerbread loaf from the pan and place it on the wire rack. Run a sharp knife around the exterior of the bread.

12. Drizzle the icing over the top of the loaf. If using, sprinkle the chopped pecans on top!

13. Allow the icing to set before slicing the gingerbread loaf.

14. Once the icing is set, slice the loaf and serve.

Icing Recipe for Gingerbread 

1 ½ cup confectioners sugar

2-3 tablespoons whole milk

2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Whisk until smooth!

 

 

 

 

Notes

Recipe Tips and Tricks

1. Please note that baking times for this gluten-free gingerbread loaf can vary, so keep an eye on the loaf as it bakes, and the toothpick test is a good indicator of doneness.

2. Add 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips to this recipe for a Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf

3. To store, wrap the Gingerbread loaf in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. It can be stored at room temperature for 3-4 days. I store all quickbreads tightly wrapped in the refrigerator. 

4. To freeze the loaf, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. You can also freeze in individual slices. I wrap individual slices in parchment paper and place them in a freezer-proof, airtight bag. 

Keywords: Gluten-Free, Gingerbread Loaf, Easy Holiday Dessert

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