Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Half a Sunflower is Still Better Than No Sunflower

Tuesday is the sweetest day.
This week in Tuesdays with Dorie, Heather of Sherry Trifle chose Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread on page 212 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking: from my home to yours. Please see Heather's site for the recipe, today's date.
Now get this: a cake made with fresh ginger and bittersweet chocolate. Crazy right? Who knew this was such an amazing combination?
I love ginger, in fact I increased the amount of fresh ginger, making up for the fact that I had no stem ginger in syrup to add to the batter.
I decided to be extra fancy and bake it in my sunflower Nordic Ware pan. I baked it for an extra 15 minutes because my oven is lagging these days. When I took it out it smelled amazing. And then..... it stuck! Two hours I had invested into this cake and a big chunk was still attached to the pan. (I really should have floured it...)
No matter, I immediately started to eat the stuck portion and decided to photograph the good half.
It would have been perfectly good without the icing. To tell you the truth I went ahead and made the icing just to make the cake look prettier. Glossy too.
The icing recipe did call for 1 tbsp of strong coffee, but I was feeling too lazy to make coffee for one tablespoon so I used Kahlua instead. Yum.
I am thinking that this is one of my favourite TWD recipes so far.
Baking: from my home to yours really is a great baking book, if you don't own it already you should seriously consider adding it to your collection. Dorie has made me a much better baker over this past year - the occasional mishap aside. Of course Dorie won't drop by today when I am saying such nice things about her - she managed to show up on the one day I said the p-word. This is my luck.
Sigh. More cake?