Gingerbread Quick Bread with Lemon Glaze
Gingerbread Quick Bread with Lemon Glaze

Gingerbread Quick Bread with Lemon Glaze

Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking, using gingerbread spice ratio from Averie Cooks
Yield: 1 loaf

If you do homemade gifts for Christmas, here’s the perfect idea! The foil steaming technique means that this gingerbread quick bread is moist and delicious, and the lemon glaze is the perfect sweet zing on top! I may or may not have eaten my slice with a scoop of lemon ice cream (I did.)

Gingerbread Quick Bread Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsulphered light molasses
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Glaze Ingredients:
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1-3 teaspoons milk
lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and line the bottom with a square of greased parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, oil, molasses, and vanilla extract. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake 45-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Run a thin knife around the sides of the bread to loosen it in the pan before letting it sit and cool for just 10 minutes. Invert the pan onto a long sheet of aluminum foil. Immediately fold the foil over the bread and secure very tightly to trap the steam in. Let the loaf cool inside the foil for at least an hour. Whisk together the glaze ingredients and set the loaf on a serving platter. Pour the glaze over the top, garnish with a little extra lemon zest, and serve.

22 Comments on Gingerbread Quick Bread with Lemon Glaze

  1. Sarah @ Bonjour Sucre
    December 8, 2014 at 3:40 am (10 years ago)

    Yum! That looks great – I love gingerbread. Perfect for Christmas.

  2. TidyMom
    December 8, 2014 at 7:43 am (10 years ago)

    this flavor combo sounds incredible!! going on my quick bread list!

  3. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
    December 8, 2014 at 8:00 am (10 years ago)

    Julie, you raise some very important topics and issues here my friend. . love what you wrote about policing versus supporting: “Support is humble and flexible. It’s allying with a group because you recognize a common humanity. Support acknowledges that it might be misguided and seeks out education to constantly adjust its course. It starts a dialogue instead of a fight, and seeks a productive outcome.” I truly love this! We live in a messed up world so let’s hope that when given the opportunity, we choose supporting.

    • Jenn
      December 8, 2014 at 9:27 am (10 years ago)

      Thank you!!!

  4. Nicole, RD
    December 8, 2014 at 8:54 am (10 years ago)

    Yummm! Can’t wait to make this – I have everything on hand, too! 😀

  5. Amanda
    December 8, 2014 at 11:40 am (10 years ago)

    I heard this quote and thought it was appropriate. “you can’tunderstand the solution until you have a clear handle on the problem.”

  6. Allie | Baking a Moment
    December 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm (10 years ago)

    This is so thought-provoking Julie, and I really love how you’ve linked to other resources to educate and maybe even bring about the support that these issues are so in need of. These are difficult problems but hopefully we can come together to bring about positive change. Beautiful post dear, and the bread looks lovely as well!

  7. Emily R
    December 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm (10 years ago)

    That bread looks delicious – but I love even more what you wrote. I’ve been astonished lately at the amount of victim blaming and trying to ‘explain away’ the problem that I’ve seen. I’m very much on the side of ‘support’ rather than ‘policing.’ Thanks for the great post!

  8. Amanda Paa
    December 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm (10 years ago)

    so.well.said. great post to read to start the week on. I feel like policing is almost a form of complaining and greed. we all need to work together to find solutions for difficult things, like those who can’t afford it all. even tiny steps in the right direction can help encourage people.

    and your gingerbread looks amazing 🙂

  9. cristina
    December 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm (10 years ago)

    Lovely gingerbread and nice spice ratio from Averie! 😉 I enjoyed your post about “policing vs. supporting” Sometimes people forget to exercise empathy, and they’re not really meaning to be insensitive but they are not able to put themselves in someone’s environment and social economic situation, etc. Some good food for thought from your post and will keep me thinking about it…

  10. Laura
    December 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm (10 years ago)

    Well first, this bread recipe looks incredibly delicious. I also loved your article. Everyone likes to put their two-cents on how you should be leading your life when they should be focused on their own. It can be a struggle sometimes to make the healthy choice after working a 12+ hour day! You rock for standing up for yourself.

  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    December 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm (10 years ago)

    Love this bread, it looks wonderful!
    Interesting points about healthy eating. It can be so hard, even with the funds to buy what you need. The policing vs supporting is such a great example, and great way to look at it!

  12. Christina Mendoza
    December 9, 2014 at 12:54 am (10 years ago)

    Well, I clicked through from Pinterest for a gingerbread recipe, and I got so much more. I have spent the past few hours clicking through the links that you posted, and reading, and crying about the injustices related. I thank you for addressing this issue so well, and I’ll be frequenting your blog from now on.

  13. Anton
    December 9, 2014 at 11:13 am (10 years ago)

    I adore your blog, not just for the recipes (delicious) but also because you are such a thoughtful, generous person. I am so genuinely glad you exist in the world.

    Very excited to make this gingerbread. It is one of my favorite flavors. I might sprinkle some candied ginger bits on top for the zing.

  14. Marla
    December 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm (10 years ago)

    Great holiday cake!!!

  15. Amy | Club Narwhal
    December 10, 2014 at 11:52 am (10 years ago)

    And this, Julie, is why I love reading your blog! I have thought a lot about the difference between policing and supporting but could never put it into such eloquent words. Love this (and that gingerbread quick bread looks divine as well)!

  16. Mary Reynolds
    December 10, 2014 at 11:31 pm (10 years ago)

    Eloquent,another reader said it, and it’s deeply true. I wish our elected officials were able to express such depth of understanding. I’m grateful for the opportunity to read your blog, often you say what I’ve felt but been unable to articulate. Bless you Julie.


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