Chocolate gingers on the tray waiting to 'set'
After a chance remark one day about how we like ginger in this house, every year a family friend gives me a bag of ginger related goodies as a Christmas present. Even though the contents vary each year there is always a jar of stem ginger. It seems a particularly good Christmas gift - one I've copied for other friends. However, whilst it seems like a good foodie present for ginger lovers, invariably we end up with jars languishing in the back of the cupboard that we mean to use, but never quite manage it. Then last night as I was drifting off to sleep I hit upon an idea. I'd have a go at making my own chocolate gingers.
Confectioners that may happen upon this blog may be truly horrified by my method. But in case any non confectioners are interested in my method, here's what I did to make 'cheats chocolate gingers':
Line a baking tray or other flat surface with grease proof paper. Remove the gingers from the syrup in the jar one at a time so to avoid taking any more syrup than you have to. Using kitchen roll remove as much of the syrup from the ginger pieces as you can. (You want them as 'dry' as possible to help the chocolate adhere to them.) Chop the ginger pieces into bite sized chunks. Some ginger can be quite hot so you don't want too large a bite sized piece. Melt a bar of confectioners grade dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. (Using a chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids gives a much better result in cooking.) When the chocolate is melted drop the pieces of ginger into the chocolate and coat them with chocolate. I found that a teaspoon was a good tool to help with coating. When thoroughly covered in chocolate remove each piece individually and place on the grease proof paper. I found spearing them with a cocktail stick was useful. When the gingers are not too warm from the chocolate melting process place in the fridge to chill. Within an hour you should have some yummy chocolate gingers. You could give these to ginger loving friends as presents or scoff yourself. I doubt these will last long enough around here to give as presents. Although after eating all of these I doubt we'll want anything ginger for a very long time :-)