Thursday, October 28, 2010

the harvest x5: chocolate gingerbread

I'm into my final wedding stretch of the year - two left in the next two weeks and then I'm done for months. No more travel itineraries or rental cars, no sparkly shoes and matching earrings. I've seen southern weddings and midwestern weddings and high-altitude weddings and am adding South Jersey and North Carolina this month. But even though my real weddings are almost done for the season, I can sneak away whenever I want and click click click through layers of taffeta and piles of letterpress invitations. It's kind of my out-of-the-kitchen guilty pleasure (and let's face it, any girl who tells you it's not fun is downright lying).

I mean look at THIS!

{photo via Style Me Pretty}

And I mean, pulled pork sliders?! This is a couple after my own heart.
There's so much deliciousness that surrounds weddings it's almost too much to handle... almost.

{photo via Style Me Pretty}

This weekend I'm wearing a chocolatey brown harvest dress. With pink shoes. So this week's harvest recipe? Chocolate gingerbread that turned out the same color as my J.Crew a-line.


Chocolate Gingerbread
adapted from Lara Ferroni

1 cup plus 2 tbsp. whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
a pinch of ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
6 oz. plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup molasses
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F and line full sized loaf pan with parchment paper.

Sift together flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Set aside.

Cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Mix in the yogurt and molasses. Add the flour mixture and mix just until you get a smooth batter. Fold in the chocolate chips being careful not to overmix.

Bake until a cake tester comes clean, about 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before serving.


Joanne said...

Yeah I think wedding season tends to stop once it gets too cold. No one wants to take outdoor pictures while shivering in their wedding dress.

This chocolate gingerbread sounds absolutely fantastic. Chocolate really is the only thing that could make gingerbread better.

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it. I made chocolate gingerbread cookies last year and loved the flavor. Love trying new quickbread recipes!

beegee said...

I've been in wedding-a-go-go mode myself...
And finally hunkering down for some fall-time baking therapy too...

Loving all your pumpkin and harvesty oriented things!! Looks fantastich!

tanya said...

Just discovered your blog and I love it already. Can't wait to make all these yummy recipe's. I'm a baker rather then a cook I must say. So true about the wedding admirations....It's just too much fun to look at & is so fun to look at! LOL :) I just got married in August and that blog had me coming back for more fantastic ideas!

Anna said...

That sounds delicious! I am adding it to my recipe to try list.

Chef Basket said...

These cookies sound great! Thanks for the recipe and for the great pictures. Glad you enjoyed the wedding.

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