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Spiced Gingerbread with Coffee and Molasses

Serves 12 to 14
Time 1 hr 10 min
This rich, dark holiday bread is perfect as is. But if you're in the mood to dress it up, serve warm slices with a scoop of raspberry sorbet, dollop of lemon curd or smear of lowfat cream cheese.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter or oil a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together baking powder, baking soda, flours, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

In a second large bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, sugar, applesauce, coffee and molasses. 

Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and stir just until combined. 

Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. 

Cool on a rack for 30 minutes before removing from the pan and slicing.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sugar