Easy Gingerbread Recipe: How to Make Homemade Gingerbread from Scratch

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This gingerbread recipe will put Grandma’s homemade treats to the test. No matter how you make your own homemade holiday gingerbread, chances are slices usually go pretty quick. Here’s Utopia’s own easy gingerbread recipe – enjoy!

Homemade Gingerbread: A Holiday Tradition

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Give this classic Christmas gingerbread recipe a try. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Aaron Burden)

Nothing beats the smell of the fresh gingerbread wafting throughout the kitchen and on throughout the whole house. Reign in the holiday season with a tasty homemade baking project you can finish in under an hour. Even though we all know Grandma’s homemade gingerbread recipe will always be the best, here’s Utopia’s own take on a fresh and festive holiday favorite.

How to Make Homemade Gingerbread: The Ingredients

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This gingerbread recipe leaves plenty of time for decorating the house or wrapping presents. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Heather Barnes (L); Indivar Kaushik (M); Kristiana Pinne (R))

For this simple and easy homemade gingerbread recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (not self-rising flour)
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

The ingredient quantities measured for this homemade gingerbread loaf recipe yield nine servings and are intended for baking with a square 9x9x2 inch baking pan. The prep time for this easy homemade gingerbread recipe is around 50 minutes

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Easy Homemade Gingerbread Recipe

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This homemade gingerbread is remarkably easy: simple toss everything into a bowl and mix it all up, pour it into the pan and throw it in the oven! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Jordane Mathieu)

This homemade gingerbread loaf recipe couldn’t be easier. Just toss everything into a bowl and mix – it’s as simple as that!

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (162°C).
  2. Grease and flour the pan.
  3. In a large mixer bowl, combine all measured ingredients and blend for around 30 seconds on low speed while scraping the sides of the bowl.
  4. Mix for three minutes at medium speed.
  5. Pour into the pan. Scrape the inside of the bowl (lick the spoon if preferred).
  6. Bake for 50 minutes at 325°F.
  7. Check baking consistency with a wooden toothpick – if the pick comes out clean, your homemade gingerbread is done!

This tasty homemade gingerbread is best served warm, with whipped cream or homemade apple sauce.

Homemade Gingerbread: Recipe Variations

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Traditional German Lebkuchen are great examples of a tasty holiday treats you can make homemade and impress your guests with! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - StockSnap)

You want to try something new this year? Here are some tips for tasty variations:

  • Use honey instead of molasses. When buying honey, always check where the product is from and whether it is fair trade.
  • Sprinkle your finished gingerbread with powdered sugar. That looks good and tastes great.
  • Want to save some energy? Then do not preheat the oven. If you put your gingerbread in right away, the baking time will be a few minutes longer, but the dish will turn out just as tasty.

Soft, moist, almost cake-like gingerbread is most commonly found in United States and Canada. But there are countless variations: One gingerbread recipe is traditional German Lebkuchen – the most famous gingerbread cookies across all of Europe. Different than American gingerbread cookie recipes, these German Christmas cookies are soft and moist on the inside, packed with nuts, candied fruit and flavorful spices. Plus, they’re a breeze to make from scratch.

We’ll be adding our own homemade gingerbread recipe for traditional German Lebkuchen cookies here soon – so feel free to go ahead and carve out a block of baking time in your weekend schedule.

Nowhere near tired of baking? It’s never too late in the season to give this vegan apple pie recipe a try.

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