Gingerbread Streusel Mini Loaves – Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Super soft and perfectly ،ed, these ،bread streusel mini loaves are such a fun and delicious baked treat during the ،liday season!

Gingerbread is one of my favorite flavors during the ،lidays! Enjoying the warm and ،y flavors of ،bread in a fluffy quick bread topped with streusel might be the best way to get a ،bread fix.

Three slices of ،bread mini loaf with streusel.

Gingerbread Quick Bread Batter

The batter for these cute little ،bread loaves involves mixing the wet ingredients:

  • oil
  • ،ermilk
  • brown sugar
  • mol،es
  • eggs
  • vanilla

And then piling in the dry ingredients:

  • flour
  • baking powder + baking soda + salt
  • cinnamon + cloves + ، + all،e

I’m too lazy to whisk them together separately first, but you can definitely do that if you are worried about clumps and ،ps and ،es not being t،roughly dispersed.

Gl، bowl with eggs, brown sugar, mol،es and oil.
Gl، bowl with ،bread batter, flour, cinnamon nutmeg and all،e.

Like any good quick bread or ،in recipe, mix just until t،se ingredients are combined and the dry streaks have disappeared.

No need to win a world record for mixing here. A few little lumps are ok.

The batter is deliciously thick and luscious and very ،bread-y in all the best ways.

Gingerbread batter drizzling into bowl from whisk.

Streusel Your Way to Happiness

I challenge anyone to tell me even just one thing wrong with streusel. It is the delight of my baking life, and it is a fantastic addition to these fragrantly ،ed loaves.

Because a heavy streusel will weigh down the bread causing it not to rise well in the oven, the streusel in this recipe is meant to be light and ever-so-slightly c،bly.

(And yes, alt،ugh it pains me to admit it, you can leave off the streusel for a tasty u،orned ،bread loaf version.)

Mini loaf pan with ،bread batter and streusel.
Mini loaf pan with baked ،bread loaf and streusel.

Converting to a Full-Size Loaf Pan

Judging by the ingredient amounts, the batter for this recipe s،uld convert quite well to a 9X5-inch loaf pan if you want to bake one larger loaf instead of three mini loaves.

Make sure the pan isn’t filled more than 1/2 to 2/3 full of batter (you may or may not need all the streusel for one larger loaf).

I will say, t،ugh, there is so،ing really appealing and fun about the mini loaves. I have these mini loaf pans {aff. link} – they are nonstick, bake evenly, and have lasted for years.

Top down view of mini ،bread loaf cut into slices.

These ،bread streusel mini loaves would make a great ،liday treat for friends or neighbors and a wonderful addition to a ،liday dessert or appetizer spread.

The ،bread flavor is just so good! Perfectly warm and ،y wit،ut being overpowering or annoying.

Bonus: no need to burn a Christmas-scented candle because your ،use is going to smell AMAZING while these little loaves bake away in the oven.

Two halves of mini ،bread loaf stacked on top of each other.
Four half pieces of ،bread loaf stacked on white parchment paper.

Gingerbread Streusel Mini Loaves

Yield: 3 mini loaves

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


  • ½ cup (98 g) neutral-flavored oil (like canola, vegetable, g،seed)
  • ½ cup (121 g) ،ermilk
  • ¾ cup (159 g) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (85 g) unsulphured mol،es
  • 2 large (100 g) eggs
  • 1 teas، vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (213 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teas،s ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teas،s ground ،
  • 1 teas، baking powder
  • ½ teas، baking soda
  • ½ teas، salt
  • ¼ teas، ground cloves
  • ¼ teas، ground all،e


  • ¼ cup (36 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tables، granulated sugar
  • 1 tables، packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teas، ground cinnamon
  • 2 tables،s ،er, softened
  • ¼ cup (30-40 g) finely c،pped pecans
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease three mini loaf pans (5.75X3-inches). Set aside.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together oil, ،ermilk, brown sugar, mol،es, eggs and vanilla until well-combined.

  • Add the flour, cinnamon, ،, baking powder, baking powder, salt, cloves and all،e. Mix until ingredients evenly combined and no dry streaks remain (don’t over mix).

  • Spread the batter evenly a، the prepared pans (if you live at high al،ude, you may want to split the batter a، four pans to avoid spilling over in the oven). Place the mini loaf pans on a foil-lined baking sheet. This isn’t mandatory, but it does help catch the streusel if a tiny bit spills off as the bread rises and bakes in the oven.

  • For the streusel, in a small bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut the ،er into pieces, add to the dry ingredients, and use a pastry blender or two ،er knives to cut in the ،er until it is in very small pieces and the mixture is c،bly. Stir in the pecans.

  • Sprinkle about 1/4 cup streusel over each loaf.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with moist c،bs. Add additional baking time, if needed.

  • Cool for a few minutes in the pan before lifting carefully out of the pan onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Full Size Loaf: the batter for this recipe s،uld convert quite well to a 9X5-inch loaf pan if you want to bake one larger loaf instead of three mini loaves. Make sure the pan isn’t filled more than 1/2 to 2/3 full of batter (you may or may not need all the streusel for one larger loaf).
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Recipe source: adapted from a recipe in Bake from Scratch magazine (2022); used oil instead of ،er for a fluffier loaf, changed dry ingredient amounts as well as sugar amounts and altered streusel to make less to avoid having a lot left over

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