Perhaps it’s because of the classic gingerbread houses and gingerbread men, but ginger is one of those flavors associated with Christmas and the holiday season. I love baking with the fragrant and peppery sweet spice all fall and winter, so it’s no wonder that these ginger desserts would be perfect at a holiday feast. The ginger stands out as the star in some of these treats, but even when it takes a backseat you’ll get a nice kick of the seasonal favorite.
This poached pear ginger cake is spicy with a kick of freshly grated ginger and tons of warm spice from cloves and cinnamon. It’s by no means an overly sweet cake, which is how I like them. The molasses gives it color and that edge of bitter that I love.
These chocolate-ginger cheesecake bars area real winner! The rich chocolate ganache mixed with the ginger cheesecake batter sits on top of a dark chocolate and crystallized ginger crust. Marbling the two flavors and cutting them into bars makes them pure fun!