This is the bread you want baking in your kitchen the ENTIRE month of December. It’s warm and spicy, with just the right sweet notes. The scent alone is worth it, but it is absolutely delicious.
During the holiday season you can sometimes find gingerbread instant pudding in grocery stores and big box stores like Walmart or Target, but if you’re making the bread at any other time of the year, you can simply use a box of vanilla pudding mixed with 1 teaspoon ground ginger.
What makes this bread so phenomenal is the addition of chopped crystallized ginger and 6 tablespoons of molasses (you can substitute ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar if you can’t find any molasses, or pick up a bottle here). There’s also the usual suspects: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas, isn’t it?
The crystallized ginger becomes soft and tender during baking, so when you take it out of the oven, the warm bread coupled with the soft nuggets of ginger is pretty tantalizing. I made two loaves and they were GONE before people had a chance to go back for seconds.
Another fun serving option: cube the bread and top on a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Toast the cubes first if you prefer it a little crunchy. The result is heaven.
- 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons molasses if unavailable, substitute ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1-2 small boxes instant gingerbread pudding if unavailable, use vanilla pudding mixed with 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- ½ cup diced crystallized ginger plus 2 tablespoons for topping
- Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
- In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
- Grease two large loaf pans.
- Dust the greased pans with a mixture of ½ cup sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
- Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans. Top with 2 tablespoons diced crystallized ginger and sugar.
- Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
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