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Ginger Ale In Chocolate Gingerbread

Asked by Sue-M. Answered on 30th December 2018

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Can I use ginger beer instead of ginger ale in the icing for Nigella's chocolate ginger bread? What is the difference between the two?

Image of Nigella's Chocolate Gingerbread
Photo by James Merrell
Chocolate Gingerbread
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Our answer

Nigella's Chocolate Gingerbread (fromFEAST) is a sticky and slightly spiced chocolate cake with a soft chocolate icing. Ginger ale is used in the icing and we suspect that it would be fine to use ginger beer instead of ginger ale. Ginger beer has a slightly more assertive ginger flavour, but if you like the flavour of ginger then this should not be too much of a problem. It is also less sweet than ginger ale, but again we suspect that this will not affect the flavour of the icing significantly.

Ginger ale is a ginger flavoured carbonated soft drink (soda) and usually fairly sweet. Dry ginger ale (the one most commonly found in supermarkets) tends to have a milder ginger flavour than golden ginger ale. Ginger beer is a naturally fermented drink made with ginger, sugar, water and yeast. Unfiltered ginger beers can look slightly cloudy. Ginger beer has a stronger ginger flavour than ginger ale, is less sweet and less carbonated. Ginger beer has been brewed for a long time and used to be alcoholic, though now most ginger beer sold is non-alcoholic. However it is possible to buy alcoholic ginger beer and these are labelled as such, so make sure you check the label before buying.

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