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Chocolate Gingerbread

Servings: 16
Serve this rich chocolate gingerbread with lemon curd or applesauce for a delectable holiday dessert.

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup dark molasses
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick/2 oz/56g) butter or margarine
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Grease a 9-inch springform pan. Melt chocolate with corn syrup, molasses, oil and butter in a double boiler set over simmering water. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large mixing bowl. Combine eggs, buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl.

3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add buttermilk mixture. Stir well. Add chocolate mixture. Beat until smooth.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Makes 16 servings.

Source: Cookingvillage.com
Date: January 5, 2005