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Classic Gingerbread Loaf

This simple and delicious gingerbread loaf is adapted from 'Favorite Old-Fashioned Gingerbread' on allrecipes.com - I've tweaked some of the spices and baking time.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Classic Gingerbread Loaf
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp confectioner's sugar sifted on top before serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9" baking pan, then flour - don't skip this step or the loaf will stick!

  2. Cream butter and sugar together, beat in the egg, and mix thoroughly. Add molasses and mix well.

  3. Mix all dry ingredients together and mix well. The mixture will seem somewhat dry at this stage.

  4. Add boiling water and combine well. The mixture should be smooth with a creamy consistency. Pour into baking pan.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. 

  6. Once cooled, sift confectioner's sugar on top, cut and serve!

Recipe Notes

*Different ovens vary, you may need to adjust your baking time. My oven is gas and I cut the baking time in half from the original recipe. Always check doneness with a toothpick inserted in the center, it should come out clean. However, I like to slightly 'underbake' this loaf for moistness - so my toothpick has a little bit of the mixture on it when it's finished.