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Chocolate Gingerbread With Warm Pear Sauce

Prep time 17 mins
Cook time 1 hr
Yield Makes 9 servings
Chocolate teams with gingerbread for an interesting flavor combo.


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 (2-ounce) jar crystallized ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (6-ounce package) semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 (15 1/4-ounce) cans pear halves, drained and chopped

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

  2. Combine flour, salt, ginger, and cardamom; set aside.

  3. Beat 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add granulated sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar; beat until creamy. Add egg, and beat until blended. Slowly add buttermilk mixture to butter mixture; beat 2 minutes. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture just until combined. Fold in crystallized ginger and chocolate morsels. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9-inch square pan.

  4. Bake at 350° for 53 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched in center. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  5. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add pears; cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring gently to coat. Serve warm sauce over cake.

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