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Chocolate Spice Gingerbread

Gingerbread was made with spices, ginger and honey in medieval times, but in the seventeenth century, the honey was replaced by treacle. Teresa Jackson makes this chocolate recipe for the Halloween carnival that takes place in Belfast each year. She has been spreading the word about real chocolate and fair trade at work and has been a great fan of Green & Black’s for many years.
1 hours 30 Mins
Serves 8
Ingredients
  • 50g Green & Black's Maya Gold, broken into pieces
  • 50g Green & Black's Dark Cooking Chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 75g dark muscovado sugar
  • 4 tablespoons treacle
  • 150ml buttermilk
  • 125g ready-to-eat prunes
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 level teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 level teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
Nutrition Information

Each portion contains

  • Calories37019%
  • Sugar25.4g28%
  • Fat18.9g27%
  • Saturates10.3g52%
  • Salt0.5g8%

...of your Guideline Daily Amount (GDA)

Preparation Method

Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Line the tin with greaseproof paper or baking parchment.

Cut the butter into cubes and place in a heavy saucepan along with the chocolate, sugar, treacle and buttermilk. Heat gently until the ingredients have melted, then set aside to cool.

Snip the prunes into small pieces with kitchen scissors. Sift the flour into a large bowl along with the bicarbonate of soda and spices. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl and beat thoroughly with a wooden spoon, then add the beaten egg and beat again. Fold in the prunes.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level off the surface using a palette knife. Bake for about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes. Turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Wrap in grease-proof paper and store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Spice Gingerbread
Tips

This cake is wonderfully moist and will keep for a week in an airtight container. It is best eaten the day after it is made.

The time quoted above is an estimate of the time needed until the recipe is ready to eat, allowing for preparation, baking and resting.

Nutritional Information

As you might expect from Green & Black's, this recipe is indulgent and should be enjoyed as a treat.