Gingerbread (Bread)

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon tangerine zest
1 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon Vietnamese cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground galangal
1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1/4 cup black rum
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup dark molasses
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature


Preheat oven to 350. Spray loaf pan with baking spray. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, vanilla paste, oil, zest sugar and molasses until well combined. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and rum. Beat in the dry mixture alternately with the buttermilk mixture, mixing well with each addition.

Pour into prepared pan. Bake 45-55 minute or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Cool in pan 5 minutes then invert into a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.

My thoughts:
Last year I received this neat gingerbread loaf pan but didn’t get a chance to use it before the holidays and well, making gingerbread outside of December seems a little wrong. It was worth the wait! I’m always a little nervous using shaped pans, especially for a moist bread like this but it came out beautifully. A loaf is the perfect size for us as well, a whole cake is a little daunting but this bread is just right.

The bread is very fragrant and has just the right amount of spice. I love adding a bit of citrus zest to my gingerbread. I think it perks the flavor up a bit and to me, tangerines just smell like winter holidays. It reminds me of when it would be an immense treat to receive a tangerine or orange in your stocking because they were such a luxury. 


  1. BettyAnn @Mango_Queen

    What a delightful idea for gingerbread. I can just imagine the aroma from this loaf! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Must try it, especially for the holidays!

  2. Where in the world did you find such a CUTE pan??!! Your gingerbread looks yummy! Happy holidays!

  3. It was a gift but I linked to it in my thoughts.