Golden Magi Bread

Today is the Feast of The Epiphany also known as the Feast of Kings, Twelfth Night or the last day of Christmas. This feast not only celebrates the birth of the Christ child, but also the visit of the Magi (wise men). There are many wonderful customs to celebrate this feast. One such custom is to put a coin in the cake before or after  baking.  The child who gets the coin is then king or queen for the rest of the day. Another is to give the gift of the Magi bread. This golden colored bread with its rich, exotic ginger flavor, is different than the usual fruit cake loaf usually served. This bread reminds me of the gifts of gold, frankincense and Myrrh that the three Magi gave to Jesus.

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Golden Magi Bread


1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 egg
2/3 cup milk


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Grease or spray a loaf pan.

In a medium saucepan, heat the brown sugar, butter and syrup until blended. Set aside and allow to cool.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, baking power and ginger. Add the eggs and milk and beat until blended with a wooden spoon or mixer. Add the cooled melted mixture and blend everything together. Pour the mixture in a loaf pan and place in the middle of the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Remove the bread from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack
Serve warm or cold.


Peace be with you,


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9 Responses to “Golden Magi Bread”

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    Joanne T Ferguson — January 5, 2014 at 1:50 am

    G’day Veronica! Your bread looks wonderful, true!
    Thank you for allowing me to learn something new!
    Cheers! Joanne


  2. #
    Lady Bren — January 5, 2014 at 2:04 am

    This looks absolutely glorious
    Will be making in the morning


    • Lady Bren — January 6th, 2014 @ 12:01 am

      We had it for dinner and it was absolutely wonderful


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    Debra — January 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Love the flavors in this. Beautiful bread.


  4. #
    CL :-) — January 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    This bread looks delicious! This is going in the oven this afternoon. 🙂


  5. #
    J.Doe — January 5, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Oh how lovely. Just when I was starting to miss gingerbread. Going to try this.


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    CL :-) — January 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    This is cooling on my kitchen counter now. Of course I had to cut off a small slice for “quality assurance”. 😉 Thank you for helping me find a new tradition…giving loaves of Magi bread for Epiphany. I have been searching for a tradition that I could call my own. Most of the traditions I brought from my family have fallen by the wayside as my husband and I have no children, so I have been searching for a tradition to call my own. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely tradition! This delights me! 🙂


    • vgantley — January 5th, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

      You are so very welcome. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.


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    The Wimpy Vegetarian — January 6, 2014 at 1:08 am

    This looks wonderful. This is my favorite time of year for baking breads, and pinning this one to make!


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