Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ginger and Chocolate Mini Loaves

In the weekend I did some baking for the painter who is coming to paint our garage – yes, stage one of the major house re-build is well underway with the construction of the garage so that we can store our things in it when we have to move out in a month’s time. These little chocolate and ginger loaves had caught my eye in the first Julie Le Clerc magazine published a couple of years ago.

The mini loaves are moist and sticky like gingerbread, without a really strong ginger flavour, but with cocoa added to give a rich chocolatey taste. The recipe said to use ¼ each of golden syrup and treacle – not having any treacle, I used all golden syrup. The loaves are topped with slices of crystallised ginger, which you put on top of the loaves part way through baking.

These little loaves are delicious. I think next time though I may add more ground ginger and perhaps some sliced stem ginger as well. Also, the recipe only made 4 mini loaves (my mini loaf tins are about the size of 1 ½ standard muffins), so double it if you want to make a decent amount. If you wanted to just make one large loaf, I would also suggest you double the recipe.

Chocolate Gingerbread Loaves (adapted from Julie Le Clerc recipe – makes 4 mini loaves)

½ c golden syrup
¼ c milk
50g butter
¼ c brown sugar
¾ c flour
¼ c cocoa
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp each mixed spice and ground ginger
¼ c sliced crystallised ginger

· Melt golden syrup, milk, butter and brown sugar together
· Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda and spices together, then pour the liquid into a well in the middle, stirring gently to make a smooth batter
· Spoon into greased mini loaf tins and bake at 170c for 20-25 minutes, sprinkling with sliced ginger half way through baking
Cool in tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack


Matt said...

I love gingerbread, and the addition of chocolate makes it seem even more delicious. Best of luck with your house construction!

adele said...

Moist and sticky, with a rich chocolate flavor? Color me definitely intrigued. :)

Jules Someone said...

I gotta find me some golden syrup! Is it similar to corn syrup?

Tammy said...

Hi Jules

It's richer than corn syrup - I would try a light molasses. when American recipes call for molasses I usually substitute golden syrup. but it would have to be a light molasses


Marion said...

mmmm...this is exactly what I was looking for when I google mini ginger loaves. Thank you!

I am making them for Christmas presents.