healthy & wise: ginger-studded molasses bread

By Sunday evening, I felt my mojo returning. I was feeling healthy again, but I didn’t want to bust up the joint by letting all hell break loose, so I started off with some wholesome baking. And I mean wholesome. Don’t fool yourself that you are making gingerbread. This isn’t very sweet and the ginger and molasses pack a powerful one-two punch. But it’s also delicious and makes a very nice breakfast with strong coffee and a slice eaten late at night with a pot of tea still seems a little sinful.

When I first tasted this bread, I though that maybe I should have increased the candied ginger instead of adding in raisins. The ginger flavour was there but not as gingery as I was hoping. The next day however, the flavours had really intensified and I’m glad I didn’t up the ginger ante. I decided to divide the batter into 2 loaf pans rather than make just one loaf. So I tightly wrapped the one destined for the freezer in plastic wrap to be enjoyed at a later date.

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15 comments to “healthy & wise: ginger-studded molasses bread”

  1. 1
    Bijoux   November 19, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Well, good news! I start my new job tonight. It’s a part-time gig but it will allow me the opportunity to wet my appetite for design and home renos :)
    Okay, back to food. I HAVE to make this for my husband. He will LOVE it. “Healthy” is his middle name. And I’m sure that I will too, even though there is no whipped cream on top. I just love a bold kick of ginger in my food. I have a jar of pickled ginger in my fridge that I will occasionally snack on when the mood hits. Ha!

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    VeggieGirl   November 19, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Hooray for ginger-y baked goods!!! I posted about one as well :-D

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    Dawn   November 19, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    a good hearty slice of this with moring coffee is a perfect breakfast for me

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    hanne   November 19, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    This sounds like a perfect breakfast! Molasses and ginger are a great combination, and it’s nice to have baked goods that are healthy (to offset all of the sweets I find myself making…).

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    Aimée   November 20, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I find that a lot of sweet breads like gingerbread and banana bred are much improved the day after baking.
    Lovely recipe!

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    kickpleat   November 20, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Good news on the job front, Bijoux! I hope you & your husband like this bread…and I think a good scoop of ice cream or whipped cream would be great!!

    I love gingery baked goods, Veggiegirl!

    Indeed, Dawn.

    Hanne, it is…and it's definitely nice to have a not too sweet treat around!

    So true, Aimee! The flavours really developed here.

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    Kelly J.   November 21, 2008 at 8:50 am

    That bread looks so good. I would live a thick slice with some Irish butter and a hot cup of tea. Mmmm.

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    Pearl   November 21, 2008 at 9:20 am

    wow! that looks great!
    hope to keep in touch through our blogs :)

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    kickpleat   November 21, 2008 at 11:09 am

    kelly, butter would be good with this, i’m sure!

    thanks pearl!

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    Michelle   November 21, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    I had to make this as soon as I read the recipe. I did make one change, that was to add a little lemon powdered sugar glaze to the top once it cooled. My husband is suspicious of anything “healthy”.

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    kickpleat   November 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    michelle, i’ll bet the glaze was delicious!

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    hollywoodcerise   January 19, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you again! This is my new favorite breakfast cake recipe. I had some rum soaked raisins left over from a fruitcake that never got made, so I threw those in. It worked. Lemon zest butter is nice on top, but I usually just have a slice with a little bowl of Greek yogurt.

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    kickpleat   January 19, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    yay for finding this your new breakfast cake, hollywood! it’s a good one.

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    lucy   August 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    made this a few days ago and it is L-O-V-E-L-Y! thankyou!

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