Gingerbread Breakfast Loaf #BreadBakers

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The #BreadBakers theme this month is Overnight Breakfast Breads. This includes yeasted breads that you prepare the night before then bake in the morning as well as quick breads that you prepare ahead of time then mix and bake in the morning. December is a busy time for celebrations and getting together with family and friends. It is always nice to think ahead and to make dishes ahead of time so that you– the baker– can enjoy the fruits (or breads!) of your labor with your loved ones.
Gingerbread Breakfast bread

I love the warm flavor of gingerbread on a cold, wintry morning. We got our first hard frost this morning. You know the kind that you need to scrap off the windshield in layers. I’m so not ready for winter.
But I am ready to have my guests wake up to the smell of gingerbread drifting out the oven. Gingerbread Breakfast Loaf can be eaten as a quick bread slice with butter or drizzled with a powder sugar glaze.
For this loaf I went with a plain version just sprinkled with chopped walnuts. All the scents and flavors of gingerbread packed into one treat.
Simply mix the batter and pour it in the loaf pan. Refrigerate overnight and bake in the AM. Sprinkle with chopped nuts right before you put the pan in the oven. No mess, unless you left the mixing bowl in the sink overnight!

Gingerbread Breakfast loaf slice


Gingerbread Breakfast Loaf

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons soft shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Cream together sugar and shortening. Add egg and molassses.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  • Alternate adding milk and dry ingredients to creamed mixture.
  • Pour into a well-greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
  • Let batter set for 20 minutes sprinkle with nuts then bake or refrigerate overnight then add nuts and bake.
  • Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on rack for several minutes before removing. Serve warm or room temperature with butter or drizzle with glaze if desired.


No need to bring pan to room temp before baking.

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Gingerbread Breakfast loaf

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23 Responses to Gingerbread Breakfast Loaf #BreadBakers

  1. Cali says:

    Mmmmm…I love gingerbread and this looks like a perfect loaf to celebrate the Holiday Season. Nicely done!

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  4. Perfect breakfast on christmas with crunchy walnuts……..
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  5. Carola says:

    I have to try this :)

  6. Holly says:

    I try to share dough with neighbors so that they can bake it at home on Christmas morning and enjoy the aroma of freshly-baked bread. Usually it is cinnamon rolls but I think this gingerbread should be shared too. It definitely would share holiday joy!
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  7. Stacy says:

    All those spices! What a fabulous loaf, Cindy. I can just imagine the smell while it bakes!
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  8. Georgina says:

    Wow Cindy your gingerbread breakfast loaf is a must try! It looks so fabulous and ginger lends itself a perfect flavour for the Christmas season. I love it!
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  9. Shireen says:

    Gingerbread. Breakfast. Loaf! What’s not to love? It’s amazing that you have brought all of my favourites in one single bread!! So festive and delicious!!

  10. That looks and sounds delicious! The smell of cinnamon would definitely coax me out of bed!
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  11. Gingerbread bread…..I always think of cookies when I think of gingerbread but it only makes sense to make ginger BREAD.
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  12. What a beautiful loaf of bread! I love the idea of gingerbread breakfast bread first thing in the morning!
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  13. Pavani says:

    Such a flavorful and delicious looking bread. Perfect for this time of the year.

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