This week Heather over at A Sherry Trifle chose Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread for us bakers to make. Pretty straightforward and easy to produce it was warm, spicy, chocolaty and gingery.
I had a 9" pan sitting in my cupboard so I made the whole recipe with no problems...my pan however was a stoneware pan from Pampered Chef. The edges and the bottom of the cake got really done while the middle was just cooked through. No biggie, I just cut 1/2" from each side and ate those bits myself. A little burnt but still yummy.
The fresh ginger was easy to chop up with my new Santoku knife!! Added to the sugar it made a nice little syrup in itself. I used bittersweet chocolate chips so I didn't have to chop any chocolate up and I used candied ginger from Trader Joe's in place of the stem ginger. (I didn't even look for that in the store) Oh yeah, I used duck eggs...man do those things have tough shells!
I waited a day to try this yummy cake (except for the edges I cut) ...and I am glad I did. The flavors blended and mellowed I think. I especially like the addition of chocolate, both in the cake and the frosting. Now, I just need to give 3/4 of it away so I don't eat it all myself!
I will post a photograph tomorrow as we were skiing all day today and there wasn't enough light outside when we got home to photograph the cake.
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Designer Japanese at Kenny Rens, Woollahra
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