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Gingerbread Loaf

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.

  • Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


  • 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
  • none 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 none large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • none Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350°.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 207none
  • Calories from fat: 22%
  • Fat: 5.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Protein: 3.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 37.7g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Iron: 1.9mg
  • Sodium: 165mg
  • Calcium: 94mg

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