Chocolate-Swirl Gingerbread

Serve this moist, molasses-rich gingerbread with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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  • Yield: Makes 1 cake
Chocolate-Swirl Gingerbread

Source: Everyday Food, March/April 2003

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square pan. In a bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, ginger, baking powder, salt, pepper, and cloves.

  2. Melt the butter in the water in a small saucepan over medium heat, and stir mixture into the dry ingredients until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg.

  3. Pour half the batter into prepared pan. With a spoon, drizzle half the chocolate over the batter. Pour remaining batter on top, and drizzle the remaining chocolate over the batter in a decorative pattern.

  4. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water or in a microwave. A squeeze bottle is an easy way to drizzle chocolate over the cake batter.

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