January 27, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate Gingerbread

I almost didn't make this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. Heather of Sherry Trifle chose the Chocolate Gingerbread, and while it looked like a delicious dessert, I thought I was still gingered-out from the holidays.

But then, I didn't want to miss this week since I didn't make the last two recipes (Corn & Pepper Muffins and Berry Surprise Cake). I really like being in the TWD group, and I don't want to be kicked out.

You see, I've already been kicked out of one group...not a blogging or baking group, but a group a people I used to be a part of who have quite obviously not included me lately. No more invitations to happy hours or dinners for me. I was hurt as I began noticing my exclusion a couple months ago, and I even apologized for having been cranky over the holidays (they are not really a happy time for me). That didn't seem to matter; I have, apparently, been voted off the island. It's okay, though...really. I've learned to appreciate my true friends even more...the friends who don't dump me because my stress or unhappiness might ruin their good time, the friends who might even go out of their way to cheer me up.


I finally decided to make the gingerbread on Sunday afternoon (it made my house smell yummy!) and took it to school yesterday for my fellow teachers with hopes of brightening a cold, gloomy Monday.

  • I used jarred minced ginger instead of fresh ginger, and I omitted the sugared ginger or Asian "stem ginger in syrup".
  • The original recipe calls for a chocolate mocha icing, which I also omitted. Instead, I dusted some powdered sugar on top.


chocolatechic said...

This was such a great pick.

We loved it.

Tania said...


This looks great! I chose to opt out this week and as I look at all the great pics and the great reviews I wish I hadn't. Hmmmm... might have to be late with this one and make it tomorrow!!
Fantastic pics!
Love Big, Bake Often

Leslie said...

I love the way yours looks with the dusting of sugar! This did make the house smell great.

Anonymous said...

I bet everyone at work appreciated the treat! I liked the icing, but it looks great with powdered sugar.

Anonymous said...

Phooey to that group that kicked you out!

Your gingerbread looks perfectly yummy. I loved this recipe.

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Well, that stinks that you were voted off the island! I'm so sorry that happened to you!

No gingerbread cake for them!

Nice job, btw!

Engineer Baker said...

I know how it feels to just end up outside of a group without knowing why. Not fun, but hopefully the gingerbread makes up for a little of it. It looks wonderful!

Lillian said...

A lot of people seem to have decided to make it almost against their will, but it sure was worth it!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your gingerbread looks great! Hopefully it tasted as good as it looked!

Unknown said...

Looks great with the powdered sugar! Coworkers are a great outlet for baked goods :)

TeaLady said...

I will not vote you off the island - promise. Your cake looks great.

AmyRuth said...

No Islands here....just lots of hot ovens. Mwah ha ha ha Hope you pay them no never mind. Just start you own madness. I think the next time I make this, powdered sugar will be the finishing element. A little more sugar might be a good thing.
Looks good.

Jules Someone said...

I'm sorry people suck. But the gingerbread was good.