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T his linky party is the perfect place to show off your creativity! Share your blog posts, for a chance to be featured next month!     WELCOME to the August 2022  " You're the Star " Blog Hop! Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog: Keep cool during these last few weeks of summer with my delicious 3-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream ! ___________________________ WELCOME to  HOME feature week of the August 2022  " You're the STAR " blog hop! Meet your HOME week Hosts   This week is HOME feature week Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs: Bev from Eclectic Red Barn Cindy from Mom, the Lunch Lady Niki from Life as a LEO Wife This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU! There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month.   The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:

Cranberry Gingerbread Loaf

 Tart fresh cranberries add a lovely pop of flavour to this super moist gingerbread loaf. Full of warm winter spices, this loaf is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Cranberry Gingerbread Loaf Cake

I've always been a fan of gingerbread. I use to get gingerbread cookies with my tea, at a local coffee shop, but now they have stopped making them. The combination of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves, is one that I can not resist. It takes me back to my childhood and all the wonderful Christmas memories accompanied with it.

I knew the cake would be delicious, but I was a bit nervous about adding the tart cranberries to the mix. I have to say that the result was wonderful. The cake has a gorgeous crumb and the cranberries added a nice tart burst of flavour. This is a beautiful and delicious cake, for the cold winter months.

Cranberry Gingerbread Loaf Cake

Is Gingerbread a cookie, or a bread?

Gingerbread is a term used to describe many desserts such as cakes, sweet breads and cookies, which are made with ginger and a sweetener such as molasses or treacle. Originally it was a term used to refer to preserved ginger, which evolved to a term describing confections made with ginger, cloves, cinnamon and molasses, or treacle.

Why do we eat Gingerbread at Christmas?

In many countries and cultures, varieties of gingerbread are often made during Christmas time and sold in Christmas markets, or used as window decorations. This is probably why here in Canada and the U.S, which are melting pots of different cultures, gingerbread is now associated with the holiday season.


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Equipment needed for this recipe

  • loaf pan
  • mixing bowls
  • measuring cups for wet and dry ingredients
  • measuring spoons
  • wooden spoon or rubber spatula
  • whisk
  • wire cooling rack

Cranberry Gingerbread Loaf

2 1/2 C flour, divided
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp all spice
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 C oil
1/2 C molasses
1/2 C dark brown sugar
2/3 C boiling water
1 egg
1 C frozen cranberries
2 Tbs powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a loaf pan, or line with parchment paper (making sure there is plenty hanging over the edges).

In a bowl, combine 2 1/4 C flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. 

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, molasses, dark brown sugar and boiling water. Let mixture cool to room temperature and whisk in the egg.

Add the dry ingredients with the wet, mixing until just about combined. Toss the cranberries with the remaining 1/4 C of flour and gently fold them into the batter; until just incorporated.

Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes; until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes in the pan, before removing to a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar, while still warm.


  1. This was delicious! So festive and perfect for this time of year, we loved it. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. I love finding recipes that make a spin on the classics! Such a smart way to spruce up gingerbread even more. This will definitely be on my holiday table!

  3. I think I know what I will make this Holiday season

  4. This bread is so flavorful I love it for the upcoming festivities.

  5. Such a lovely recipe especially for the Christmas season. Thank you for sharing.

    Pastor Natalie

  6. Love this cranberry gingerbread! The cranberries really add a great flavor to the bread. Going to make this again for our Christmas get together, I am sure they will love it too.

  7. this gingerbread is something special! perfect for the holidays!

  8. Gingerbread and cranberries is a delightful combination. So festive and perfect for the holidays.

  9. I loved this so much! The cranberries really livened up the gingerbread with those tart little bursts! Truth be told, we added a dollop of whipped cream and a little drizzle of caramel. Because...holidays!

  10. Love this recipe and I have lots of fresh cranberries, can I still make it? Thank you for sharing

  11. This cranberry gingerbread loaf is so delicious! I love how easy it is!

  12. This looks so good! I absolutely love gingerbread and so does everyone else in my house. I might have to make a double batch just to be safe. Thanks for the recipe :D

  13. This looks amazing! I love adding cranberries to gingerbread to soften some of the spiceyness of the gingerbread. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Cranberries are seasonal so I always try to buy several bags during the holiday season and freeze them. This is a wonderful recipe and will be made soon.

  15. this sounds perfect for christmas! I've not made my fruit cake yet and I think I've left it a little late so thanks for sharing this!

  16. This looks like it will taste delicious. Im excited to try it!


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