In case anyone was having Christmas withdrawals, Heather of Sherry Trifle chose Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread for this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie Bake. You can find it on page 212 of Baking From My Home To Yours By Dorie Greenspan.
This gingerbread layers the ginger by using fresh finely chopped ginger, dried ginger and Dorie calls for stem ginger. I had some ginger marmalade left over from one of the tarts ages ago so I fished out some the ginger bits and chopped them up. That way, everything called for came from my pantry. Nigella Lawson has a similar themed recipe in Nigella Bites but Dorie ups the ante with melted chocolate through the batter, chocolate chips and in case you are missing the good things comes in threes theme- chocolate coffee icing.
This was a nice recipe but, heaven help me I may be a bit of a purist here. I think the added fat from the chocolate helped carry the layered ginger flavours but, I think I like it chocolate free better. Patrick on the other hand will always vote for more chocolate…
Now go and check the TWD blogroll and see what other spicy treats there are to be had.