Grandma Emma's Spice Loaf

Grandma Emma's Spice Loaf


"A quick bread, moist and full of raisins and nuts. A family favorite for the winter holidays."


servings 290 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 290 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 12.9 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 40.9g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 4.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 217 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Soak raisins in coffee until plump. Do not drain.
  2. Cream together the shortening, sugar and eggs. Blend in molasses and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, flour, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the bowl.
  4. Add the liquid ingredients to the well in the dry ingredients. Stir in coffee with raisins and nuts. Pour batter into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F(175 degrees C) oven for one hour.
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  1. 15 Ratings


This is a GREAT spice bread!! I've found that it's also a wonderful base recipe that be easily personalized. I made it using applesauce instead of shortening, 1/c. brown sugar instead of 1 c. ...

Delicious, lightly spiced bread. It baked perfectly into a beautiful dark loaf. Definetely a new favourite.

This is just a great fool proof recipe. It has become a standard in my holiday baking.

very dark and flavorfull. I even added a few tablespoons of flax seed to add a bit more nutrition to it.

I added 2 chopped green apples and made it in 9x9 pan really good.

Made this today and did a few changes as others did. Used 1/4 cup each butter and shortening, 1/2 cup each white and brown sugar, 1 cup each white and wheat flour, added about 1/2 to 3/4 cups oa...

EXCELLENT....!!!!I didn't have raisins...but I did added an orange glaze..... nice balance... I totally recommend..

Made this using some tips from comments. Added a little extra spice, half the sugar & some applesauce with less oil. More raisins & more nuts(pecans). Used three little tins instead of larger...

The flavor is good, but we thought it was dry in texture.