Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gingerbread Bread

Bake-a-palooza is just around the corner, but some things - like holiday baking - just can't wait. 
Today's snow storm provided the perfect excuse to stay inside and bake.

Taken from The Secret Recipe Blog
Makes three mini loaves or a 9 x 9 pan

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon orange extract, optional
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan or three small loaf pans

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in orange extract. Mix baking soda into applesauce and stir into creamed butter mixture.

Add flour mixture. Mix until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan (s).

Bake the 9 x 9 pan at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Bake the three small loaf pans at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and orange extract. Slowly beat in confectioner’s sugar.
Once the cake has cooled, evenly spread the frosting on top.  Decorate with chopped candied orange peel or candied ginger .

My Notes:
Delicious! I was originally thinking this would make a great holiday gift. I'm not so sure about that, though, because of the frosting. I guess I will just have to eat them all.