Comfortingly chocolaty, rich but not too rich, this easy Chocolate Brownie Quick Bread might be the perfect fast answer to a chocolate craving.
From craving/idea to out of the oven, this takes less than an hour. Sour cream and olive oil give is a soft, tender crumb, and premium chocolate gives it the oomph you want.
It’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day sweet, for an after-school snack, or for a decadent breakfast treat. Try it with whipped cream cheese spread on a slice. Divine!
Recipe: Chocolate Brownie Quick Bread
Summary: Rich, almost milk-chocolaty quick bread satisfies the chocolate urge. It’s a great after-school snack, or dessert, and we’ve been known to eat it for breakfast, slathered with cream cheese, on Valentine’s Day.
- 4 squares (4 ounces) unsweetened baking chocolate (I used Sharffen Berger 99% cacao)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar (I used vanilla sugar)
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons light flavored extra virgin olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream (light is fine)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mist 3 mini-loaf pans (5 ½- by 3 ½-inch) with nonstick spray and set aside.
- In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate on high until it melts, about 45-60 seconds. Check by stirring because chocolate will hold its shape yet still be melted.
- Into a large mixing bowl, add both sugars and olive oil and mix well. (I used an electric mixer, but you may mix by hand if you like.) Mix in eggs, sour cream, vanilla and melted chocolate. Mix in baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Gently stir in flour, mixing only until just combined. If you over mix, the bread will be tough.
- Portion into prepared pans. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.
- Makes about 5 slices per loaf; about 15 slices total.
Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious.com
If you would like to bake this in a single loaf, use a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan, lightly misted with non-stick spray and then dusted with cocoa powder. Bake bread 55-60 minutes.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 15
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
Our Twelve Loaves bakers this month are:
- Buttermilk Chocolate Quick Bread by Renee at Magnolia Days
- Chocolate Brownie Quick Bread by Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
- Chocolate Chip Challah Bread by Lora at Cake Duchess
- Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls by Dionne at Try Anything Once Culinary
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Braid by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
- Chocolate Swirl Bread by Holly at A Baker’s House
- Dark Chocolate and Prune Bread by Deepti at Bakingyummies
- Dates and Chocolate Brioche by Rossella at Ma che ti sei mangiato
- Love Me, Love Me Knots by Felice at All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Marbled Rye Bread by Karen at Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins by Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Would you like to join us in baking your favorite Valentine’s Day Chocolate bread recipe for #TwelveLoaves this month? Here’s how:
1. Wording: When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure your bread is inspired by this month’s theme – chocolate – with a yeast or quick bread, either a single loaf or individual breads. This includes muffins, scones, flatbreads, crackers, pretzels, etc.
2. Link it up: Please link your post using the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to this Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Deadline: Post your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked in February 2014 on your blog by Feb. 28, 2014.
Would you like to bake along with us? #TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and we welcome new members. #TwelveLoaves runs so smoothly thanks to the help of Renee from Magnolia Days. Follow @TwelveLoaves on Twitter to see what’s freshly baked, and follow our Pinterest board.