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Pumpkin Gingerbread with Orange Glaze

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Pumpkin Gingerbread with Orange Glaze Recipe

You can either make this gingerbread as a loaf or muffins. Either way, the orange glaze adds the perfect finishing touch!

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two 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaves or 24 muffins
Nutrition information

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

Cake

  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) butter or vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup mini diced ginger
  • 1/2 cup diced pecans or 1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 cups (or one 15-ounce can) pumpkin purée

Glaze

  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange oil OR 1 tablespoon orange zest (grated orange rind)
  • 2 tablespoons water or milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease two 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pans for loaves; if you're making muffins, grease 24 muffin cups, or line them with muffin papers.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the butter (or shortening) and brown sugar until well blended.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices, ginger, and nuts or chips, if you're using them. Mix well — the batter will look crumbly.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl after each addition.
  5. Stir in the molasses and pumpkin, combining well.
  6. Scoop the batter into the greased loaf pans or the muffin cups, filling the cups about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes, or until they're lightly browned on the edges and the middle springs back when touched. Bake the loaves for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes before taking it out of the pan(s). Let it cool a bit, then glaze if desired.
  9. To make the glaze: Whisk together all the ingredients, adding extra liquid until the glaze is smooth and the consistency of molasses.
  10. For a shiny finish, brush the glaze over the bread or muffins while they're still warm; for a thick white finish, cool the bread completely before glazing.
  11. Store well wrapped on the counter for 3 to 4 days; or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 70g
  • Servings Per Batch 24
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 210
  • Calories from Fat 70
  • Total Fat 8g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 150mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 32g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 20g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.