Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fresh Ginger & Chocolate Gingerbread (TWD)

It's Tuesday, and it's time for another delicious installment of Tuesday's With Dorie. Heather of Sherry Trifle selected Fresh Ginger & Chocolate Gingerbread. How do you describe this cake? I think Dorie Greenspan's description says it all --- "Packed with fresh, candied and ground ginger, spices, molasses and a little chocolate, it is moist, mildly spicy and just a teensy bit hot from the ginger. It's a hearty, high square with a wonderfully solid look, and it's topped with a swath of bittersweet icing."

I didn't stray far from the original recipe, and here are my notes and adjustments:

- fresh ginger: Instead of chopping, I used a microplane grater (IMHO, a fantastic $12 investment for the kitchen)

- stem ginger: Didn't want to schlep to the Asian market to find this ingredient; instead, I added 1/4 C chopped crystalized ginger (I LOVE this stuff).

- chocolate: Instead of chopping chocolate, I used bittersweet mini-chips

- baking pan: I used an 8x8 pan, and had enough extra batter to make a dozen mini muffins

- baking time: The mini muffins were out of the oven at the 10 minute mark. The 8x8 pan did take longer than the 40 minutes detailed in the recipe. Mine required 50-55 minutes to bake through.


I love ginger, but I'm not huge fan of gingerbread (go figure), so I'm not the best person to judge this recipe. Personally, I thought there was a bit much going on with the strong flavors of ginger, molasses, spices, and chocolate. I must be in the minority, as my taste testers thoroughly enjoyed this cake with their morning cup of java.

For the recipe, please head to Heather's blog. To see other tasty versions of this cake, check out the TWD blogroll.

24 comments:

Cristine said...

Your cake looks yummy! I'm not a huge fan of gingerbread, either, so I sat this one out. Glad your taste testers enjoyed it!

chocolatechic said...

I loved this.

I lessened the ginger factor, and upped the cinnamon.

I also thickened the icing, and made it without the coffee.

Yours looks great.

Natalie said...

I used a microplane, too- works like magic!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks really good! if you don't want to finish it, send it my way! :)

vibi said...

Beautiful, Linda! I bet the candied ginger was a very nice touch! YUMMY!

Mara said...

oooh I love your chocolate chip studded gingerbread, that looks delish!!! I did cupcakes, since my kitchen is in pieces, hehee.

Melissa said...

amazing photos. Well done!

pinkstripes said...

Your gingerbread looks amazing. Try subbing golden syrup for the molasses. I bet you will love it.

Isabelle said...

tes photos sont tout simplement magnifiques Linda :)

jillbert said...

The chocolate chips were a good idea! It looks like it turned out fantastic, even if you weren't that crazy about it.

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Yum! Your cake looks great!

Engineer Baker said...

What, no photos of mini muffins?!? You know how much I like cute mini things... Oh well, I guess the slices look pretty tasty too :)

G in Berlin said...

It looks beautiful. What did you use as a topping?

Kimberly Johnson said...

Beautiful job on this one! Our gingerbread looks great!

Passionate Baker said...

your cake looks awesome!
great job! <3

Tracey said...

I love your photo - it's really wonderful. The cake looks great! Agreed on the grater too, I love that thing.

The Food Librarian said...

Great looking cake, Linda! I love my microplane grater too.

farah said...

Your cake looks great and i'm glad your tasters enjoyed it :)

Danielle said...

Great job, yuor cake came out perfect!

Gigi said...

perfect gingerbread cake linda!

TeaLady said...

Look at those little chunks of chocolate just sitting there waiting to be devoured. It looks great.

Jules Someone said...

Yowsa! That looks lovely!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Great job! I'm pleased you tried this recipe, even if you aren't a real ginger fan. Thanks for stopping by.

Grace said...

i'm not crazy about gingerbread either...but then, i've never had a chocolate-ized version. nicely done. :)

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