Sunday, February 13, 2005

gingerbread with milk chocolate?!

i was so intrigued by this recipe. i needed to keep my brain and hands preoccupied while being a mom nurse this weekend. tomorrow being VD, i just had to make something for my wittle valentines. knowing they love gingerbread and milk chocolate...well. my curiosity just got the better of me.
this is from "a year in chocolate" from the guru alice medrich, filed under "winter" and "new year."

preheat oven to 350F. line 9-in square pan with parchment paper and grease lightly with butter.
whisk together 1& 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. baking soda.
set aside.
mix 1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar, 1/4 cup light unsulfured molasses, and 1/4 cup honey. beat in 1 egg and 1/2 cup very finely minced fresh peeled ginger.
pour into above mixture, 6 tbsps. unsalted butter melted w/ 1/2 cup water.
stir in dry ingredients and 4 ounces chopped milk chocolate. bake for 30 minutes or until cake is set and tester comes out clean (aside fr melted chocolate).

my valentines, husband and children, loved the complex and unusual flavor. it packed a lot of spicy heat and chocolatey punch. (ummm, i didn't like it much because i'm not a gingerbread fan. but they thought it was luscious. oh well.)