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