Chocolate gingerbread brownie bars with fudgy icing Sarah Cook


Chocolate gingerbread brownie bars with fudgy icing Sarah Cook

  • 400g dark chocolate, broken into chunks

    Dark chocolate

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    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 250g butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 140g ground almond
  • 6 large eggs, separated

For the icing

  • 100g butter, cubed

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g dark chocolate, use a bar broken into pieces, or chips

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-lit

    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • 50g cocoa
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • few chunks crystallised ginger, chopped into small pieces
  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease a 20 x 30cm cake tin, and line the base and sides with baking parchment. Melt the chocolate, cocoa, sugar and butter together in a saucepan over a very low heat. Once the chocolate and butter have melted and sugar dissolved, remove from the heat and stir in the ginger and almonds, followed by the egg yolks, one at a time.

  2. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. Using a metal spoon, stir a couple of spoonfuls of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to loosen before very gently folding in the rest.

  3. Gently scrape into the tin. Bake for 30-35 mins until the top looks set and the centre doesn’t wobble too much. Sit the cake tin on a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

  4. Once cool, make the icing. Put the butter, chocolate, cocoa, icing sugar, ground ginger and 4 tbsp water in a pan. Gently heat, stirring, until you have a smooth icing. Pour over the cake (still in its tin), leave for 1-2 mins to cool slightly, then scatter over the ginger. Cool completely (you can also store in the fridge if you bring out to room temperature about 20 mins before serving) before cutting into bars.

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