If the flavors of Thanksgiving and Christmas got married, they would produce a baked good much like this loaf. It’s a Christmas and Thanksgiving love child.

It’s truly a perfect union. I don’t know if I can ever separate them now that they have joined.

My entire house smelled like cinnamon and ginger and sweet goodness that I couldn’t get enough of. I found myself walking from room to room soaking up the smell as it permeated the ENTIRE house. And then when I took a bite. Oh.Dear. A taste explosion in my mouth. I would prefer a large slice of this with some fresh whip cream over pumpkin pie any day. I might even dip a few slices in eggs and cook them like french toast for a Thanksgiving morning treat.

If that isn’t the perfect way to kick of Thanksgiving, I don’t know what is.

Makes 2 loaves (1 for me, and another 1 for me :) )
Gingerbread

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used non fat)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 9 inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, mix the egg, oil, yogurt, sugar, molasses and vanilla extract.

In a smaller bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a whisk for about 2 minutes. Just until the lumps are out.

Pumpkin Bread

1 cup All Purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (you can sub all purpose flour)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
2 eggs
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

In a large bowl sift the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.

In another bowl whisk the eggs and vegetable oil then add the pumpkin puree, and vanilla.

Add the liquid to the dry mixture. Mix/fold just until incorporated, don’t over mix. I only used maybe less then 15-20 stirs.

Assembly
Grease 2 9 inch loaf pans.
You can really layer this in the pans any way you want. But I did this:

pumpkin
gingerbread
pumpkin

You can leave it layered, or you can run a knife down the loaf lengthwise 2 times to add a couple swirls. I kinda liked the ‘layered’ effect because I could eat the flavors by the layer, or take a HONKIN bite and get it all in one bite. But it’s all just preference.

Bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!