Monday, January 26, 2009

{TWD} Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread

Have you ever heard the expression "Slower than molasses in January, running up hill!" It is one I heard often when I was little from my mother. I of course have passed in on in moments of frustration to my own children. That is not the point of the post but, I actually used molasses in January and it didn't run that slow!


I have never bought fresh ginger before so that was an experience in and of itself. I had to google how to peel fresh ginger and discovered if you freeze it it stays good for months. That is a great tip since it cost half my arm to buy it.

Dorie herself sent in a tip to only fill the pan 3/4 full if it wasn't a true 9x9 pan. I had an 8x8 so I used two ramekins to bake the rest of the batter. Yes, you only see one of the small gingerbreads. This would on account of my 75 pound German Shepherd jumping up and gobbling up the second one! The following picture is my attempt at keeping her away from the rest of the gingerbread.

My lovely daughter is a beater licker. She loves to partake in the brownie/cookie batter. Imagine my surprise when she immediately brought the beater back to me spitting batter out of her mouth. She did not want to eat it because she saw me put the eggs in the batter. This did not seem like it would bode well for the finished product. How wrong I was. Everyone in my house loved this recipe! I got to make candied fresh ginger, use molasses and bittersweet chocolate. What more can one ask for? It was kind of a Christmasy feeling recipe but it was soooo good!

Thank you to Heather of Sherry Trifle for choosing this delicious recipe! You can find the recipe on her site or you can purchase the book Baking from my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan!

Next week: World Peace Cookies

21 comments:

homeschoolmommy said...

Yes, but dear sister, she was usually saying it to me. The one I have passed on to my son..."the only thing you were in a hurry to do was be born."

Flourchild said...

Your bread looks great. Im glad you liked it. Your kids are cute!

Jodie said...

Looks great! Wait, what's this post below about Chick-Fil-A? That's my fave! :)

Jess said...

Love the pictures of your kids digging in. I have a beater-licker myself (and am one too). Glad you liked the gingerbread!

Leslie said...

Too funny about your dog! I'm glad this was such a hit at your house!

Montee said...

This sounds really good. I can't wait to see the recipe for the World Peace Cookies.

Jules Someone said...

Darn dog! Glad you all enjoyed this!

pinkstripes said...

I'm glad you liked this recipe. I loved it. Your gingerbread looks gorgeous!

Melissa said...

I love your paper towel holder and book that you have blocking your food! I need to use that trick at my house. Glad everyone liked the recipe, it looks great!

Kimberly Johnson said...

This is the second "my dog ate my gingerbread" post I've seen today! Too funny! Yours look great!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Your post made me laugh! You did a beautiful job!

n.o.e said...

Everybody loved this cake, including the dog! Too funny.
Nancy

Erin said...

Great job on the gingerbread :)

The Food Librarian said...

Great job on the gingerbread! I live near an Asian store so ginger is dirt cheap here. I wish I could send you some!

karen said...

i used minced ginger in a jar, it was only about $3. your gingerbread looks good. too funny about your dog, my cat was the same way - he was constantly trying to get at this gingerbread. he did get one good lick in when my back was turned. :)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

everyone loved it--even the dog! looks great!

AmyRuth said...

Its a family affair, that Chocolate Gingerbread. Way cute...two legged and four. Glad the gingerbread brought back that holiday feeling. Me too. If only I could remember until next Christmas. he he
Great job
AmyRuth

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

This is such a lovely blog - I thoroughly enjoyed your description. I'll bet your German Shepherd enjoyed her cake too.

Cathy said...

Wow, you are not kidding when you say that EVERYONE in your house loved this recipe, are you?? It looks delicious! Your kiddos are adorable!

TeaLady said...

I haven't heard that saying in a while. And it isn't true??? What a disappointment. Your gingerbread doesn't look like a disappointment tho'. Looks yummy!

LyB said...

Love that stack of gingerbread. It looks delicious!