Gingerbread Quick Bread

Gingerbread Quick Bread

by Brava Chef Erin


Servings About 9 slices

Active Time:

~15 min

Total Time:

~1 hr 20 min

About this Recipe

This gingerbread quick bread is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Loaded with warm Christmas spices and topped with a sweet and creamy cream cheese frosting, it’s the perfect treat for a cold winter day. Not to mention, your house will smell like Christmas while it bakes in Brava!


  • For the gingerbread:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2¼ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1¼ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅓ cup dark molasses (not blackstrap)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 14 tablespoons butter (1¾ sticks), melted and cooled
  • For the frosting and garnish:
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon candied ginger, thinly sliced (optional)

From Your Pantry

cooking spray

kosher salt


Brava loaf pan

mixing bowls

stand mixer (optional)

wire cooling rack


Nutrition Information

Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat (Gluten)


  • Breakfast
  • Sweets
  • Vegetarian
  • Kid Friendly
  • Christmas
  • Baked Goods
  • Bread
  • Brunch
  • Desserts
  • Loaf Pan
  • Recipes
  • Winter

  1. 1

    Make batter

    • In medium bowl, stir together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, kosher salt, nutmeg and cloves; set aside.
    • In small bowl, whisk together molasses, ½ cup of water and baking soda.
    • In bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip brown sugar and eggs together on high speed until mixture is light in color, about 3 minutes. Stop mixer and scrape down bowl with spatula.
    • On low speed, using paddle attachment slowly add melted butter until combined.
    • Add ⅓ of flour mixture until combined, then ⅓ of liquid mixture. Repeat until flour and liquid mixtures are fully incorporated.

  2. 2

    Pour batter into pan

    • Lightly butter or spray Brava loaf pan.
    • Add batter to loaf pan.

  3. 3

    Bake bread

    • Press green button to begin preheating Brava.
    • When Brava is preheated, slide loaf pan into top shelf. Press green button to begin baking.
    • When your food is done, transfer loaf pan to wire rack and let cool completely before serving.

  4. 4

    Make cream cheese frosting

    • While cake is cooling, make frosting.
    • In bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip together butter and cream cheese on medium speed for two minutes. Stop mixer and scrape down bowl and whisk with spatula.
    • On low speed, slowly add powdered sugar, vanilla and a pinch of kosher salt until combined.
    • Turn speed to high and whip for 3 minutes.

  5. 5

    Finish and serve

    • Carefully remove gingerbread from loaf pan.
    • Frost gingerbread loaf with cream cheese frosting.
    • Garnish with dried cranberries and slices of candied ginger and serve.