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Friday, 24 October 2008

Chocolate Gingerbread for SHF!

Is it time for Sugar High Friday already?

Nigella's Chocolate Gingerbread 5090

This month the theme is spices, and I'm pleased because it means I can make Nigella's Chocolate Gingerbread. Even though I have the book Feast, I first saw the recipe in the April 2008 edition of Delicious magazine. Then I spotted Andrew's post, and finally, I now have a good excuse.

I cut the recipe in half and it still made enough to fill a 9" square cake tin. The cake is delicious, but very soft and crumbly, more like a brownie - not your usual gingerbread cake texture. I made a dark chocolate ganache icing because I didn't have any ginger ale on hand, but have put it on the shopping list for next time.

To enter your own spicy, sugary treat, go to this month's SHF host - the fabulous Dessert First - for all the details.
Sugar High Friday was created by Jennifer at The Domestic Goddess. You can see all the previous themes here.

The Chocolate Gingerbread recipe can be found here or in her book, Feast

Nigella's Chocolate Gingerbread 5094 Nigella's Chocolate Gingerbread 5114

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49 comments:

Jan said...

Nic your photos are fantastic - they make me WANT to eat cake and I don't even like cake!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Oooh! That looks fabulous! With all that gooey ganache, I want to dive right in!

sunita said...

Nic, that looks so inviting :-)

Rosie said...

Nic kudos to you, that photo is just stunning!!

I have baked this gingerbread before and can vouch it really is gorgeous just how your photo shows!

Rosie x

Amber said...

Love the close up, it has me reconsidering what I had planned to make today.

anudivya said...

Girl! You are pure evil! This looks sinfully delicious...

Amber said...

Thank you so much for the tip about recipezaar table setting forum. I am looking into it as I write. I only did 'Diner en Blanc', but there are so many wonderful ideas that all the ladies and a few gentlemen(55 tables in all) did, I wanted to share what I felt were the most interesting and helpful. Thank you again.

Colleen said...

Nicisme!! I feel like a midnight snack now........YUMMILICIOUS!!! Well done. Your pix are amazing and that gingerbread looks sublime!! xxx

diva said...

one..i love gingerbread. two, that drippy ganache frosting is just drivin me nuts! i'm ready to pull my hair out just looking at it.

chris said...

Oh Nic you are so cruel. I so want that....

Sandy said...

Oh my, my mouth is watering!
Delicous!

Megan said...

oh, i just posted on my blog a bit ago about how much i love gingerbread recipes! this one looks absolutely delicious-that ganache looks heavenly!

Katie said...

Am I in heaven?

Sam said...

It's a good job this cake is nowhere near me, I would eat it ALL!

Antonia said...

Oh my - that really does look wonderful! So indulgent. I love gingerbread and obviously love chocolate - I imagine the combination must be superb.

Passionate About Baking said...

Ooooooooooh heavenly... I even tried to catch some chocolate dripping off! Totally yummy Nic!!

Yasmeen said...

I see a true chocoholic in you:)
I've an award waiting for you at my blog,please collect:)

Rico said...

aaaaaaahhhhh !!!! I am just drulling over this Choc cake...please take me out of here as I can't move my eyes fro this photo....is just like death by chocolate...keep cooking

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Karen said...

Ooooh, everything on your blog looks sooooo delicious!

I'm off to the kitchen to make a paninni!

Grace said...

the dribble of chocolate running down your bread is remarkably similar to the dribble of drool running down my chin. :)

giz said...

Oh boy Nic - I looked at those pictures, gained 5 lbs and decided I wouldn't go for seconds. What an unbelievable combination - chocolate and gingerbread...woo hoo

Snooky doodle said...

OMG what a nice treat. I m droooling I m licking the monitor :) this is delicious.

Dee said...

Your little camera turns out some mighty fine pictures :) The drizzle of chocolate is almost hypnotic! I made a pear and ginger upside pudding for SHF but I haven't had the time to post it. Thanks for the reminder.

Robin Sue said...

Nic- Chocolate Gingerbread, I haven't had that in ages! Your looks fantastic. Love the ganache on that cake too!

Jo. said...

OMG, Your photo of the chocolate gingerbread with good portion of chocolate layer is simply killing me. It screams: Delicious :-)

Patricia Scarpin said...

What a wonderful idea, Nic! And the icing complements it beautifully.

Indigo said...

This looks absolutely perfect - I have such a craving for it now! So gooey... phwoarr..

Dragon said...

Oh wow! This cake is so gooey and moist looking. Yum!

Stacey Snacks said...

I am licking my computer screen!
Stacey

LyB said...

That drippy chocolate pic is going to drive me nuts! I'll be thinking about it all day, I'm sure. Looks fabulous Nic!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Ah, gingerbread. So underrated, I think, in general. A great match with chocolate, as you rightly demonstrate...

Let's hear it for gingerbread!

Katie said...

Haha, you are not fan of radishes?

Candy said...

What a wonderful photo. The look like I could just slurp up the icing.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Food porn. That's it.

Ann said...

There you go AGAIN with some "oozing" goo sweet stuff! Irresistible! Completely! Oh, how love ooze, love IT!

Anne said...

these sound really good and look totally droolworthy!

bbaking said...

wow look at that saucy chocolate! Chocolate and ginger is one of my favourite combos! yummy!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

From that photo, this is most definitely a gingerbread I could sink my teeth (and the rest of my face) into. That looks so good

csquad said...

thank you for your kind comment! yep, my macarons tasted good... it's a good thing the tongue judges by taste and not looks! the icing on your gingebread cake looks so good, there is no way to go wrong wtih dripping chocolate!

DEESHA said...

that looks perfect ..

Jude said...

Oh my that looks so good. As if I haven't had enough chocolate lately already.

nicisme said...

THANK YOU ALL!!! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment - especially when they are so lovely!!

Amber - you're welcome, hope you find that forum useful!

Katie - lol, what's the point of them? Ha ha!

miri said...

Oh Nic, that first picture is illegal! It almost killed me craving for your wonderful cake. Seriously, it looks soo delicious! Hope I get the chance to try it soon.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Chocolate and spicy ginger sounds like a good combination! Very interesting recipe :)

Aran said...

oh ican smell it from here!

Maria said...

Wow Nic this Chocolate Gingerbread looks fabulous and delish. I have always wanted to make this but never got round to! I think I have to make this very soon.

Maria
x

Mansi said...

ooh boy!! I am literally salivating here Nic! that looks absolutely Gorgeous!!

if you don;t find anything else, would you send this in for my Vegetarian Thanksgiving event, and by send, I mean "literally send me that CAKE!":)

Peabody said...

Oh my...chocolate gingerbread sounds fabulous. Great pictures.

Jeanne said...

Is that the world's most perfect ganache or what? Looks sublime.