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Gingerbread Loaf

Photo: Jan Smith
Yield 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
This aromatic, spice-filled gingerbread loaf cake is even more moist the next day, so it's well suited to make ahead for a bake sale.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 7 3/4 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (about 3 1/3 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 cup warm 1% low-fat milk (100° to 110°)
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons prune baby food
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

Nutrition Information

  • calories 207
  • caloriesfromfat 22 %
  • fat 5.2 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 3.8 g
  • carbohydrate 37.7 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 27 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 165 mg
  • calcium 94 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Lightly spoon all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.

  3. Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through eggs) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add sugar, stirring until well blended. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in raisins. Scrape batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray, using a rubber spatula. Sprinkle walnuts in a 2 1/2-inch-wide strip down center of loaf.

  4. Bake the loaf at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan on a wire rack.

Cook's Notes

Check your local supermarket for small disposable loaf pans; half-size loaves may be ideal for a bake sale. This recipe also makes 3 (3 1/2 x 5 1/2-inch) loaves; bake them for 50 minutes.