2 1/2 cups plain (70 percent cocoa) chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups butter
5 free-range eggs
1 1/2 cups brown sugar or molasses sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons rum, optional
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 1/4 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
4 preserved stem ginger knobs, cut into small pieces (see Cook's Note)
Confectioners' sugar, sifted, for garnish, optional
Stem ginger knobs can be found at specialty Asian markets.
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