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Pull Apart Gingerbread Loaf

Get ready to fall in love with this irresistible Pull Apart Gingerbread Loaf that's bursting with warm and cozy holiday flavors. Filled with a buttery filling and topped with a cream cheese icing, you’ll have a treat that is truly decadent.

This gingerbread loaf is perfect for holiday celebrations, weekend brunches, or a special treat for family, friends, or close neighbors. 

Gingerbread Loaf drizzled with cream cheese icing on white serving platter.

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My family loves monkey bread, and I wanted to change the flavor to gingerbread for the holidays. I love gingerbread season! And this Pull Apart Gingerbread Loaf is full of classic gingerbread flavors.

It starts with a soft gingerbread dough, beautifully spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. As it bakes, your kitchen will fill with the deliciousness of freshly baked gingerbread. No need for a candle when you make the real thing!

Once it's baked to golden perfection, it's time to drizzle on a luscious cream cheese icing, adding a creamy and tangy contrast to the sweet and spiced layers.

Why You Will Love This Gingerbread Loaf

  • It's a slice of holiday nostalgia that warms your heart.
  • The pull-apart design makes it fun and shareable.
  • The cream cheese icing adds a creamy, indulgent touch.
  • It's a treat that is fancy enough for a holiday meal but simple enough to make for a cozy family gathering. 
Gingerbread Loaf on white serving plate.

We love to have this gingerbread loaf at breakfast or brunch during the holidays! It's great served alongside this Meaty Breakfast Casserole to make it a complete meal.

Ingredient Notes

See the printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make Gingerbread Loaf set out on counter.
  • Bread dough made with flour, instant yeast, salt, sugar, milk, butter, egg, and blackstrap molasses.
  • Warm fall spices like ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and brown sugar.
  • Cream cheese icing is made with cream cheese, butter, milk, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Add a crunchy texture by mixing chopped nuts (e.g., pecans or walnuts) into the filling mixture before spreading it on the dough.
  • Replace the brown sugar, ginger, and cinnamon in the filling with a generous layer of Nutella for a gooey, chocolate-hazelnut filling.
  • Modify the icing by replacing the vanilla extract with maple extract or using real maple syrup for a distinctive flavor.

How To Make Pull Apart Gingerbread Loaf

The easiest way to make this is using a stand mixer with a dough hook or spiral attachment.

Flour, yeast, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and sugar in a stand mixer bowl.
Milk, butter, molasses, and egg are added to the flour mixture in a stand mixer bowl.
Gingerbread dough in stand mixer bowl.

To make the dough start by adding the flour, yeast, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and sugar to a bowl of stand mixer and stir to combine. Then add the milk, butter, molasses, and egg to the flour mixture.

Refer to your mixer's instructions for speed settings with dough hook or spiral attachment. Set to recommended speed and mix until everything is combined.

Knead the dough for about 7 minutes until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl. You can add a little flour to adjust the consistency if it's too sticky.

Gingerbread Dough on flour sprinkled parchment paper.

Once the kneading is done, shape the dough into a ball and cover it. Let it rise until it doubles in size. This usually takes about 2 hours.

Brown sugar. cinnamon. and ginger in a bowl.
Butter spread over bread dough on parchment paper.
Brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger spread over butter on dough then cut into squared.

After it has doubled in size, punch the dough down and roll it out to approximately ¼ inch thickness. Then evenly spread butter over the dough.

Next sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger over the buttered dough until evenly coated. Cut the dough into 2-inch squares. (I like to use a pizza cutter instead of a knife.)

Thoroughly grease a 12-cup Bundt pan. Then arrange the dough squares inside, standing them up in a row as much as possible.

Cover the pan and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until nearly doubled in size.

Gingerbread Dough in Bundt Pan.
Baked Gingerbread Loaf in Bundt Pan.

Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Once the oven is preheated place the gingerbread loaf in the center of the oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until it's golden brown on top and fully cooked through.

Gingerbread Pull Apart Bread cooling on wire rack.

Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Loosen the bread from using an icing spatula or a similar tool. Then invert onto a cooling rack to allow the bread cool.

While the bread is cooling, place the icing ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth.

Drizzle the icing over the bread before serving.

Cream Cheese Icing poured over Gingerbread Loaf on a white serving plate.

Storing and Freezing

Make Ahead: Right after you make the dough, place it in the fridge overnight. Remove it and allow it to come to room temperature in the morning, then continue the recipe as directed.

Storing: This gingerbread loaf can be stored wrapped tightly in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

Freezing: Prepare and bake the bread as instructed, but leave off the glaze. Let the loaf cool completely in the pan, then wrap it tightly in aluminum foil. Place the loaf in a freezer bag or storage container and freeze for up to 1 month.

Recipe Tips

  • Follow your stand mixer's specific instructions for dough preparation.
  • Ensure the dough rises until it has doubled in size during the resting period.
  • Grease the bundt pan generously to prevent sticking.
  • Be cautious when removing the bread from the pan to maintain its shape.
  • Adjust the icing's consistency by adding more liquid or sugar, if needed, for your desired drizzling texture.

Recipe FAQs

Is pull apart bread the same as monkey bread?

Yes! Monkey bread is another name for this type of loaf, so you could totally call it a Gingerbread Monkey Bread!

Can I use regular molasses instead of blackstrap?

It do not recommend using regular molasses in place of blackstrap molasses. The sugar content is not the same and they are not interchangeable in a recipe.

Gingerbread Pull Apart Bread topped With Christmas sprinkles on plate.

You are going to love this sweet pull apart Gingerbread Loaf and the warmth it brings to your holiday breakfast table.

The pull-apart feature of this bread makes it fun for the family, and the cream cheese icing sets the flavor over the top. And you can make it extra festive by adding sprinkles!

If you try it, be sure to let us know by commenting below!

Gingerbread Loaf on white serving plate.

Author: Judy Wilson
This Pull Apart Gingerbread Loaf is made with a buttery warm fall spice filling and topped with cream cheese icing for a treat that is truly decadent.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 525 kcal

Ingredients
  

Bread Dough Ingredients

  • 3⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons instant yeast (one packet of instant yeast)
  • ¾ cup ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon  cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk, warm (about 110º)
  • ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 Tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 egg

Filling Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon

Icing Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, yeast, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and sugar and stir to combine.
  • Fit the stand mixer with the dough hook or spiral attachment.
  • Add milk, butter, blackstrap, and egg to the flour mixture.
  • Turn the mixer to speed 2 and mix until everything is combined. Note: My mixer’s instructions say to use the dough spiral on 2 only. Follow the instructions on your stand mixer.
  • Continue mixing to knead the dough for 7 minutes. 
  • The dough should come away from the sides of the bowl as it kneads. When the dough is done kneading, you should be able to handle it without it sticking to your hands. If the dough is overly sticky, add a small amount of flour to reach the desired consistency.
  • When the dough is done kneading, remove the bowl and dough hook. Shape the dough into a ball, cover it, and let it rise until doubled in size. This should take about 2 hours.
  • Punch the dough down, and roll it out to about ¼ inch thickness.
  • Spread butter over the dough. Then sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger.
  • Cut the dough into 2-inch squares.
  • Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan and arrange the dough squares inside, standing them up side by side as much as possible.
  • Cover the pan and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until nearly doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
  • Bake bread in the center of the oven for 35 minutes, until golden brown on top, and fully cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool 5 minutes.
  • Use an icing spatula or a similar tool to loosen the bread from the sides of the pan.
  • Turn the pan onto a cooling rack. Remove the pan, and let the bread cool.
  • While the bread is cooling, combine the icing ingredients until smooth.
  • Drizzle the icing over the bread before serving.

Notes

This gingerbread loaf can be stored wrapped tightly in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Adjust the icing's consistency by adding more liquid or sugar, if needed, for your desired drizzling texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 9gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 289mgPotassium: 444mgFiber: 5gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 640IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 6mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Kerryanne

Friday 15th of December 2023

I love this different take on gingerbread Judy. Thank you for sharing your pull=apart gingerbread loaf recipe at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring this recipe at tonight's party and pinning too. Merry Christmas, Kerryanne

Creatively Beth

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast, Judy! Don't forget to join us over at the Creatively Crafty Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday https://creativelybeth.com/creative-crafts-linky-party/ Followed and Pinned! Creatively, Beth

Julie Briones

Monday 11th of December 2023

Judy, this recipe looks SO yummy, and the images are great! Pinned, and I'm delighted to be featuring your post at Tuesday Turn About this week.

Laura Kelly

Monday 4th of December 2023

This looks delicious! I hope you will go link up at my party! https://meandmyinklings.com/project-creative-friends-gingerbread-ideas/

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