Chocolate Gingerbread Bars with Ginger Wine Ganache

August 18, 2010


Oh gee really? Chocolate again? Seriously?


Sorry but uh, I have a sizeable horde of choccie in my house and I feel like I have to annihilate them all quickly into a delicious oblivion. I hate to use the term “obsessed” because I really don’t like that word being melodramatically used… but you know it and I know it.

I’m obsessed I frigging love chocolate.

I do apologise though for the recent chocolate binge (I promise an influx of non-brown edible treats soon!). And before you even think about it, it has nothing to do with some monthly thang. It’s a permanent affliction mmmkay?


In case of emergency, this photo can officially be used as my dental record

Alrighty, so on to these chocolatey bars (yes I say alrighty, moving on!). These came about after a sudden urge to mix spices with the sweet stuff (it ain’t my first time *wink*). Honestly though, the combination always guarantees a breeze underneath my skirt and a cheeky smile on my face. I based these on my other brownie recipe but I uh, used the wrong pan so these thick wadges look kind of cake-ish, don’t you think? But who cares? They are divine and oh so gingery. Seriously, who doesn’t love simple baked chocolate goodies like these? And if you don’t, I don’t wanna know ya! Just kidding, I’ll always love you but lets face it, our relationship might get a bit complicated…



Sweet, sweet ganache… hello my love

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Chocolate Gingerbread Bars. The combo isn’t an entirely new concept but oh! what a delicious one at that! It smells and tastes like gingerbread but with a gentle hit of chocolate. It’s a perfectly balanced duo here, with neither of the stars wanting to take centre stage. And then there’s the ganache… silky, chocolatey and with a generous lashing of ginger wine. Oh bestill my heart!


Behold! My awesome icing skills!

And the smell! Oh the luscious smell as it’s baking… is there a bigger aphrodisiac than the aroma of spices emanating from the oven? Oh yeah… chocolate. In that case, woooh baby, these brownies are dangerously seductive. If ginger is too intense of a flavour for you, feel free to reduce the amount of ground ginger in the bar or the ginger wine in the ganache. And as if the pleasure stops there. Nuh uh. If you wish, you could also fold through a handful of chocolate chips, nuts or chopped crystallised ginger in the brownie for more PG-fun in your mouth. Why? Because you can. And because you’re worth it.




Chocolate Gingerbread Bars


115g unsalted butter
150g dark chocolate
150g black treacle / dark molasses
3 eggs, lightly beaten
200g plain flour
200g light brown sugar
35g cocoa powder (Dutch-processed is best)
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsps ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves


Preheat oven to 180°C. Then lightly grease a 20 x 20cm tin (which I used here). They’ll rise a little and they’ll be quite quite thick like cake. I recommend a slightly bigger tin so it’ll be a little thinner (but bear in mind, they won’t take as long to bake).

In a pan, gently melt butter, chocolate and molasses over low heat and stir together until combined. Set aside to cool a little.

Sift all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarb and spices) and whisk to combine, breaking up any lumps.

Add eggs and chocolate mixture and gently fold until just combined.

Pour into prepared tin and bake for 35-45 minutes or until centres spring back and a skewer comes out relatively clean (some moist crumbs on the skewer is totally fine).

Allow to cool in tin.

Ginger Wine Ganache

150g dark chocolate
150ml pouring cream (35% fat content)
1 Tbl (or two!) of Stones Ginger Wine (replace with fizzless Ginger Ale or Ginger Cordial Syrup if you wish)

Place all ingredients in a heavy-based saucepan (or a bowl over gently simmering water) and melt over low heat and stir until all combined. Leave aside to cool until it has slightly thickened but still liquid enough to pour.

Pour ganache over brownies in tin. Or if you wish, you could remove the brownies from the tin and trim the edges/tops with a serrated knife to neaten up. Then allow the ganache to cool further to a thick and spreadable consistency. Ice brownies with palette knife and cut into squares to serve.

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Claudia January 30, 2013 at 21:49

Going to make these today…. Will be substituting Speculaas Liquor for the Wine…
Thanks so much for the recipe!!!!!!
Will let you know how it turns out!!!!!


Sue November 30, 2011 at 07:29

Has anyone done the conversions on this recipe? For we Americans? :)


Anna @ M&M January 3, 2011 at 03:42

i must be totally craving chocolate at the moment as i've just trawled through so many of your chocolate cake/brownie/bar posts in the last few minutes!


Cath @ Moo-Lolly-Bar September 9, 2010 at 03:40

Hmmm how good does that cake look? I'd love to get my sticky fingers on that!


journeykitchen August 27, 2010 at 10:21

I think its cruel. Cruel to post such awesome pics! Girl I want that like NOw NOW NOW. I know what you mean about chocolate obsession.I was recovering but YOU just made me go to square one.

P.S. Loving your blog!


Adriana August 21, 2010 at 13:00

i'm drooling badly! those look awesome!


Susan August 21, 2010 at 01:17

Okay…these are going right into my "what to make for the Christmas open house" file…what a lovely pictures and a tantalizing recipe!


Paula August 20, 2010 at 11:43

here is so many inspirations!

have a nice time!


Sarah - For the Love of Food August 20, 2010 at 10:35

I just love love love gingerbread and oh of course chocolate! What a great combo :) I recently made banana/gingerbread which was a lovely twist on the standard banana bread but this wicked loveliness takes it all to such indulgent heights! The photos are so good, the perfect result.


Conor @ HoldtheBeef August 19, 2010 at 13:59

This is the best idea. Also, you have lovely teeth. Well, lovely teeth marks which I think means you must have lovely teeth, although I guess with all the chocolate you eat maybe they're actually false teeth! Gasp!!!


Julie August 19, 2010 at 09:10

Chocolates?!! wow..I love it…I love chocolate cakes very much..Thanks for the share.


sugarpuffi August 19, 2010 at 07:55

oh dont worry karen we all love chocolate anyway! i come to your blog for a virtual chocolate fix then try to lick the screen. mmm..brownies…


Brilynn August 19, 2010 at 06:27

I made some similar chocolate gingerbread squares recently but used a vanilla bean frosting. That chocolate ganache looks amazing though!


Molly Drexelius August 18, 2010 at 22:42

great photos!
i have a lot of chocolate in the house, too — and ginger is one of my loves!
thanks for sharing this recipe :)


taz August 18, 2010 at 22:22

yum, these look and sound delicious. The ginger wine ganache sounds brilliant, I hardly ever flavour my ganache but I think I will do it more in future.

The last picture is fantastic, it's making me so hungry.


julia August 18, 2010 at 19:24

Two of my husbands favorite tastes in one place?! And his birthday is coming up – oh the possibilities :)


Marisa August 18, 2010 at 12:32

Um, sign me up for that ginger wine ganache on it's own. No chocolate bar required. You tempt me with that almost empty bowl. You really do.


grace August 18, 2010 at 10:58

i love the color gradation…and the fact that copious chocolate is involved. :)


Katie August 18, 2010 at 08:13

Oh my, they sound amazing!

I adore ginger wine so you are a legend for working it into a chocolate cake!!

Katie xox


Paula August 18, 2010 at 07:43

wow, I have to do this!

have a nice time!


chocolatesuze August 18, 2010 at 07:19

bah never apologise for baking chocolate nommyness! there can never be too much chocolate!


katie August 18, 2010 at 05:58

They look divine!!! I adore the strong flavour of ginger when its in a fudey cakey form like this. Photos are droolworthy


Ja @ Beansproutscafe August 18, 2010 at 05:13

Looks sensational ! and I love the last picture, awesome !


Gastronomy Gal August 18, 2010 at 04:51

Fark you make me lough- out loud- at work. Stop being so funny please! These look AMAZing- will have to make them this weekend !


@bellyrumbles August 18, 2010 at 04:14

Ginger and chocolate, nom. I have a bottle of ginger wine in my cupboard, for a chicken dish I do, lasts me ages. Now I can have a go at the gorgeous ganache.


Lisa August 18, 2010 at 02:42

will you marry me? i LOVE chocolate and ginger! Ginger wine ganache sounds so interesting and delicious


Bryt August 18, 2010 at 02:04

I've heard of gingerbread bars, but never ginger wine- Sounds interesting! And the photography is beautiful :) Keep it up!


Tita August 18, 2010 at 01:17

I love chocolate, delicious, congratulations beautiful blog. Excusme i don't speek and write english very well , and i don't like use traductor.

Tita, from Chile


Fiona August 18, 2010 at 00:23

Drool. Breakfast?


LeeYong August 17, 2010 at 23:48

Hi Karen!

These looks awesome and soooooooooooo chocolatey! I must try this recipe out for my sister-in law shes a gingerbread addict!
Thanks for sharing the recipe!


joudie's mood food August 17, 2010 at 23:01

OH MY INDEED! This is wonderful. What great photography and subject matter…. YUMMMMM!!!!


mlle délicieuse August 17, 2010 at 22:42

I'm not a big fan of ginger so can I just like the cake for the way it looks? Reminds me of crumbly pound cake…mmmm!


Steph August 17, 2010 at 22:41

Ginger wine ganache?! DROOL. LOL obsessed. The photo of the leftover ganache seriously makes me want to lick the screen.


Liv Life - Kim August 17, 2010 at 22:03

Absolutely gorgeous photos!! With a title like this one, I had to come and look at the recipe. I also "frigging love" chocolate! This one is bookmarked in case of emergency!


fooddreamer August 17, 2010 at 22:00

These look divine! I love chocolate and I have a newfound love of ginger.


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