Studded with fruit and nuts, this quick bread makes a tasty holiday gift. Freeze today, then glaze before gifting.
For the glaze —
About ginger: Fresh ginger is sold by the piece called a finger. Look for firm pieces with tight skin—they are the freshest. Wrinkled ginger fingers are old, slightly green, and can taste a little moldy.
Preheat oven to 325°. Coat a glass loaf dish with nonstick spray.
Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; make a well in the center. Set dry ingredients aside.
Combine granulated sugar, oil, and eggs in a separate bowl; vigorously whisk until color lightens. Add applesauce, buttermilk, and gingerroot, stirring to combine.
Pour applesauce-egg mixture into well of dry ingredients; stir only until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold raisins and pecans into batter. Immediately pour batter into the prepared loaf dish.
Bake loaf until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool bread in the loaf dish on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn bread out of dish.
Cool bread on rack for 3 hours before glazing.
Whisk together powdered sugar, cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt for the glaze. Drizzle over loaf.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 211mg 8%
Carbs 27g 9%
Fiber 1g 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.