Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Looking back - and ahead - to HOLIDAY!

For those of you who enjoyed Matthew Mead's first HOLIDAY magazine (December, 2006), you well know how wonderful he is at delivering holiday style. And, because enough of you asked, we are able to bring another issue to you this October. In the meantime, I thought I would tempt your taste and style buds by showing you a little of what Matthew has created and dreamed up for holidays past. And although we are still in the midst of shooting, producing and writing, we thought we would serve up a little reminder of the delcious and beautiful holiday fare Matthew is known for.


Oh, and how could I forget? Have you ever paired chocolate with gingerbread? Lucky for us, Matthew has; and he shares his recipe for the chocolate gingerbread cake you see in the collage above. Enjoy it all, and don't forget the whipped cream!!

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Makes 12 servings. Prep Time: 10 minutes. Cook Time: 40 minutes


2 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Ginger, Ground
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon, Ground
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup molasses
1 egg
1 cup boiling water


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, ginger, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Beat butter, sugar and molasses in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Mix in egg. Add flour mixture alternately with water, stirring just until mixed. Pour into greased 9-inch square baking pan.

3. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack to cool completely.

4. Melt 8 ounces of chocolate and spread over the cake. Dress with fresh berries.


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  1. The pictures are gorgeous - can't wait to see the real thing. Oh, and that chocolate gingerbread recipe is making my mouth water - I must try it!

  2. is there any picture of the finished cake?

  3. Oooh, yum. Chocolate and gingerbread. I will have to try that one!

  4. There is a photo of the cake in the top middle photo in the collage! Doesn't it look great?!

  5. i consider myself lucky indeed to own a copy of matthew's holiday mag from christmas 2006. i look at it every year to get myself in the proper spirit for my holiday decorating, which is for me, all about vintage.
    i won't even lend my copy out! ☺
    i have ordered my copy of this latest issue and can't wait til it arrives!

  6. I too have a copy of Matthew's Holiday 2006 magazine...I pull it out every year for inspiration. I must pull out my apron again for another baking date..this time choc. gingerbread will be on the menu...too good to be true. xo

  7. This looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Yummm...chocolate and gingerbread, I can nearly smell it baking now!

  9. That sounds so delish! And I just ordered my copy of Holiday! Can't wait until October!


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