September 30, 2013

apple butter gingerbread loaf

Apple Butter Gingerbread Loaf with Apple Butter Cream Cheese Spread

by Kristin King — Categories: breakfast, dessert, snack — Tags: , , , , 68 Comments

apple butter gingerbread loaf

I have been using a lot of apple butter lately.  I love it!  Honestly, I did not give apple butter much thought at all until a couple of months ago, when I attended a blogger event called Big Summer Potluck and, as a participant, had the opportunity to enter an apple butter recipe contest. I had never considered apple butter as an ingredient before, but it opened up a whole world of possibilities! You can check out two of my apple butter recipes, Broccoli and Snow Pea Salad with Apple Butter Dressing and Sweet Garlic Basil Sausage and Halloumi Kebabs, if you are interested in seeing what else I have cooked up!

Recently Musselman’s sent me some apple butter and offered a new focus…to put a new spin on a classic recipe using apple butter.  I decided that I wanted to come up with a recipe that would fit right in with the fall and winter holidays coming up.  Musselman’s Apple Butter has such a wonderful blend of apple flavor and aromatic spices, I thought it would make a great ingredient in gingerbread.

I considered making gingerbread cookies or cake, but ultimately went with the idea of a gingerbread loaf.   It came out incredibly moist and flavorful, and I didn’t even need to use any oil!  Thing 1 and Thing 2 both loved it, as did DH.  And it was so easy to make, I will be using this recipe to make teacher’s gifts and to take to holiday parties as hostess gifts this year!

Some other recipe notes:  I used white whole wheat flour (for a little extra kick of fiber), and also Zulka Pure Cane Sugar, which is a natural sugar that does not go through the conventional sugar cane refining process and thus retains more of a complex sweet flavor that is closer to the flavor of actual sugar cane.  I love the way it tastes!

This loaf was so delicious, we enjoyed a few of the slices without anything on them at all.  However, I whipped up an easy spread using Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese wedges and apple butter, which was a nice sweet and creamy addition. 

For disclosure purposes, a sample of Musselman’s Apple Butter was provided to me free of charge to use in the recipe.  I am not being compensated to write about the product, and all opinions are my own.

5.0 from 3 reviews

Apple Butter Gingerbread Loaf with Apple Butter Cream Cheese Spread
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The apple butter in this gingerbread loaf yields an aromatic, flavorful, and moist loaf cake. Best served with a sweet, creamy apple butter cream cheese spread!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
For the gingerbread loaf:
  • 4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 and ¾ cups Zulka Pure Cane Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • 1 and ½ cups milk
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
For the apple butter cream cheese spread:
  • 2 wedges Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread
  • 5 teaspoons Musselman’s apple butter
For the gingerbread loaf:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, apple butter, milk, and maple syrup.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Pour batter evenly into two 9×5 inch loaf pans.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool and remove from loaf pan.
For the apple butter cream cheese spread:
  1. Place the cream cheese wedges in the microwave for 10-20 seconds until softened.
  2. Stir in the apple butter, mix thoroughly.
Nutrition information is approximate. Your results may be different due to different brands/products and measuring differences.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/24th of recipe Calories: 166 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 34 Sugar: 20 Sodium: 153 Protein: 4

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  1. Kim Osburn says:

    Hey Kristin,
    This bread looks so delish. My all time favorite fall dish would have to be pumpkin bread. Mama would make it in coffee cans ( back when they were metal and you could actually put them in the oven) and give the loaves as gifts. Nothing like it with a hot cup of coffee. I’ll bet this bread will soon become a new favorite too. Thanks for sharing. Kim
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    • Kristin King says:

      Thanks Kim! I agree, the loaves are definitely good as gifts. I love when someone gives me a loaf of pumpkin or banana or zucchini bread! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. miss messy says:

    Wow this looks freaking awesome!! :) It’s definitely gingerbread season. Love that it’s got apple butter.
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    • Kristin King says:

      Thanks Miss Messy. Hope school is going well for you! I will be stopping by soon to see what you are up to! :-)

  3. Allie says:

    i like pumpkin rolls

  4. I love gingerbread and will have to try this. Love the cream cheese too. So yummy for breakfast.
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  5. YUMMY! This looks awesome! I’ll def have to try it when I get back from vaca! Pinned :)
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  6. My kids don’t know apple butter as it’s not really available in UK but now we’re in the US this would be a great recipe for them to try it.
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  7. I love apple butter. I will just eat that junk with a spoon. This looks amazing!
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  8. Yummy! Pinned to my “Bread” board while I was here :)

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  9. Christine says:

    Favorite fall food: pumpkin muffins!
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  10. angela says:

    Hi! Visiting from Daily Blog Boost. Looking forward to following along!
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  11. manekeniko says:

    I make comfort foods like lentil soup.

  12. Gotta go with Pumpkin Spice Latte…love it!! Pinned this yesterday because it sounds fabulous!!!
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  13. Mags says:

    My favorite fall food? I don’t know probably soups and I love hot cocoa.

  14. Bailey-Eileen Dexter-parr says:

    Pumpkin cream puffs!

  15. Yum! Your photo makes me soooo hungry. Fave Fall foods, Chili, Hot Cocoa, Potato Soup, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Everything Pumpkin!

  16. Julie says:

    apple crisp and apple nut bread thanks for the giveaway :)

  17. Pam Gurganus says:

    My favorite fall drink is mulled cider!

  18. Sarah VR says:

    Pumpkin and Apple desserts are a favorite of mine for Fall. This giveaway is delicious!
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  19. Anita L says:

    Pumpkin pie is a favorite :)

  20. I love apple butter! I’ve been seeing so many delicious recipes using it lately, including yours! :-)
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    • Kristin King says:

      Awww, thanks, Angela! Yeah, apple butter can be used in so many things! I am really into experimenting with it lately. Thanks for stopping by!

  21. I love their apple butter. I will definitely have to remember this recipe for when we have our baked goods bonanza at work during the holidays!
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  22. Tammy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe at One More Time Events… I just made some apple butter once it is gone I would love to try this recipe.

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  24. Kim says:

    I love that the apple butter replaces the oil. Pinning this for when I get ready to make some gingerbread!
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    • Kristin King says:

      Thanks, Kim! I love when I can eliminate an ingredient like that without sacrificing deliciousness! Thanks for stopping by!

  25. Your bread sounds and looks delicious. I’m with you I have never given much thought to Apple Butter and when you mentioned Apple Butter dressing that sounded fantastic. I guess I will have to give it some attention! Thank you for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop. Have a great weekend and hope we see you next week.
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  26. Colette says:

    I’ve never even hear of Apple Butter before but this sounds lovely!
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  27. Diane Balch says:

    My husband and daughter made a bunch of apple butter this year and I never thought to put it into a loaf pan. Pinned the recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.
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  28. Tammy says:

    Hi, Stopping by to let you know you have been featured this week at One More Time Events Hope to see you again this week…Thank you for for sharing!
    Xo Tammy
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  29. Just love this recipe! I have never seen anything like it…it looks delicious!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesdays! We love having you! :)
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  30. Wow, this gingerbread loaf sure does look delicious! Saw your link over at The Weekend re-Treat Link Party #38 and shared it on our FB page this morning :) Also pinned while we were here too!

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  31. I haven’t used apple butter in baking as yet. This season I have seen it used in many more recipes. Your recipe sounds delicious and I love the addition of the apple butter cream cheese spread. Thanks for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon.
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  34. Mmm…this looks amazing! I can never say no to gingerbread!

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  35. Thanks for sharing this on What Are You Doing? Blog Hop! Looks amazing!
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  36. Looks amazing!! Thank so much for sharing on Thank You Honey’s Whatever Wednesday Party! Hope to see you this week!

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  37. Sign me up for apple butter cream cheese! I’m pinning, and thanks so much for sharing it at the Pinworthy Project Party!
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  38. Cathy says:

    Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise. Your post will be featured at the TGIF Link Party this week and was pinned to the TGIF Party Board! I can’t wait to see what you link up this week!
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  39. Michelle says:

    That looks great! Definitely want to try it! It’s been a long time since we had apple butter too…yum!
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  40. I’m really not sure what the difference is between gingerbread cake and a gingerbread loaf but either way this looks delicious!
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    • Kristin King says:

      Haha, I agree Britni! Maybe it is just the pan it gets baked in! But, like you said, either way it is delicious! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  41. Kenneth Goh says:

    Love this recipe. I presume this is a type of quick break. Pin it for my future homework. From DBB.
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  42. Sarah says:

    Pinned to my autumn awesomeness board- what a treat!
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  43. This looks awesome! I pinned it so I can try it later! Thanks for sharing I came over from the daily blog boost!
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