The spices come through very nicely, especially the ginger. It is a perfect loaf to make heading into Fall; since the flavours and aroma sort of are 'fall-ish'. I used low fat plain yogurt and sour cream. UPDATE - I have made this bread many times since my first review. Today I tried a reduced fat version containng 2 tbsp oil, 2/3 cup apple sauce (instead of butter) and 2/3 cup low fat yogurt (instead of sour cream). This shaved 500 cal off the recipe; the bread never last longer than 2 days in this house so I don't think it will get a chance to dry out.