Old-Fashioned Bake Sale

Friday, July 1, 2011

Remember bake sales? As a teen, we did bake sales as fundraisers for all sorts of reasons. Bake sales seem to have all but disappeared in today's world. Kind of sad -- what a great way to support a cause and bring home some lovely baked goods to enjoy. Since I love to bake I thought I'd start a summer series for Fridays -- a way to encourage myself to bake for my family more AND find some fun recipes to share with my readers -- look for a new recipe each friday and I am putting together a giveaway to encourage the inner baker in us all!

Dark Chocolate & Ginger Muffins
(Printable Version)

3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not extra-bitter), coarsely chopped
1 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp ground ginger
3 pieces preserved ginger in syrup, drained and finely chopped plus 2 Tbsp syrup from jar

Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Heat butter and half of chocolate in milk in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until just melted. Remove from heat. Cool 15 minutes. Add eggs and whisk until smooth.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground ginger in a medium bowl until combined well. Add chocolate mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in remaining chocolate and preserved ginger with reserved syrup.

Divide among 12 greased (1/2-cup) muffin cups. Bake until a tester comes out clean, 14 to 18 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 5 to 10 minutes. Yields 12 muffins.


  1. Looks fantastic ! Thanks for sharing

  1. Patty Sumner said...:

    Sewing and baking. Two lost arts in our world today. I appreciate your challenge of baking more for your family...muffins look yummy! I can smell them from here. Blessings!

  1. Sounds great Gail! I might just bake along with you! Happy July 4th Weekend-Have Fun:@)

  1. Ruby Jean said...:

    Oh, I loved bake sales... Especially the ones we children would do during the summer to raise money for summer Fun!!! We always did the no fail Peanut Butter Cookies... But I think we ate more than we actually sold.. : )

    Your Recipe Sounds Delicious..

  1. Lori E said...:

    Good idea. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
    I always found that I could have made a larger donation of what I spent on the great ingredients I used than the amount of money they charged for the finished products at the bake sales.

  1. Dani said...:

    Afraid the bake sales are a thing of the past because of PC...people are afraid of home baked items thinking they are somehow suspect...I couldn't even bring my homemade cookies to my sons kindergarden class..everything brought in had to be commercial...the muffins look wonderful!

  1. Mecky said...:

    I love to bake! I will be checking out your recipes for sure! I think it is a great idea!

    BTW, have you seen the ginger in the tube at the grocery stores? I bought some yesterday. It will be so much easier than to grind it myself.

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    You had me at chocolate Gail. My inner baker is a little off (see my post) but that is okay. Have a lovely weekend!

  1. Debbie said...:

    I loved bake sales for some reason. There was just something festive about them. You're right that they have fallen by the wayside. I wonder if it's because most folks don't know their neighbors the way they used to.

    The chocolate muffins would be a huge taste pleaser around here, especially to my younger daughter.

    And this is a great post idea for the summer!

  1. Oh, this sounds exciting. I don't bake a lot...but I'm thinking I need to bake more, especially since I"m making more meals at home...and even venturing into making my own bread : ) :) I still see bake sales here in my area :) ): I love bakesales. In fact, one of the yardsales I went to recently, also had baked goodies for sale, too :) :) I'm looking forward to see what you feature every Friday :) :) Have a great 4th of July weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  1. Love this idea! And.....can you believe this? I LOVE chocolate and ginger together. Add some orange and I'll be in heaven. You are inspiring me all over the place tonight. Thanks Gail!

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