Triple Chocolate Buttermilk Bread

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Did you know that today is National Chocolate Chip Day? I only found this out this morning, but with a stroke of fate, I made this bread to post on this very day. It’s a Triple Chocolate Buttermilk Bread and it’s full of chocolate chips in the batter and sprinkled on top, plus plenty of deep-dark cocoa powder in the batter. It’s a chocolate lovers dream and totally appropriate for this most serious of food days.

This bread is moist and tender, super chocolatey, and dead-easy to make since it’s a quick bread. The recipe comes from the ever-amazing Stephanie Wise of Girl versus Dough fame. She recently published her very first e-cookbook called Quick Bread Love. One of my favorite parts of the e-cookbook is the Baking Cheat Sheet, full of conversions and substitutions for baking on the fly. Not only did she develop the recipes and write this book, she was also growing a human-baby inside of her body at the same time. Champ status. This quick bread recipe was the first that caught my eye, but really, there are so many great recipes in there that I cannot wait to try–like Loaded Baked Potato Bread, Oatmeal Cream Pie Muffins, Coconut Chai Tres Leches Muffins, and Blackberry Goat Cheese Scones…just to name a few. If you’re interested, you can purchase Stephanie’s book via the link in my sidebar.

My love of chocolate chips is well documented, for more chocolate chip recipes here are some recipes from the archives: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | Coconut Chocolate Chip Cream Scones | Raspberry Chocolate Chip Biscuits | Candied Ginger Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | Chocolate Chip Pecan Sandies | Chewy Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies | Nutty Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies + Walnuts | Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies | Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies | Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola | Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins | Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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TripleChocolate Buttermilk Bread

From Quick Bread Love by Stephanie Wise of Girl versus Dough

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 /4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

In a small bowl toss the dark chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of the flour. In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together the remaining flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.

In a separate medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs, then stir in the buttermilk and melted butter to combine.

Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Do not overmix. Stir in the dark chocolate chips until just combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the top of the batter with mini chocolate chips. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 5 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool bread in the pan 10 minutes, then carefully remove from the pan. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. [/recipe]

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Blueberry Almond Cream Scones

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Scones and biscuits are seriously one of my weaknesses. Fresh from the oven, I find them to be crazy-irresistable. I know that a biscuit is somehow not the same thing as a scone (if you have an explanation, I’d love to know!), and vice versa, but they must be cousins or something because either one hits the carb-spot every time.

These particular scones don’t contain any egg in the dough, but they do contain a good dose of cream along with a bit of butter. The cream makes for an ultra-tender, dream of a scone.  I’ve added a bit of almond extract to the dough, as well as a sprinkling of almonds across the tops for some texture and crunch. The blueberries are there because I like almond and berries together and, because I cannot get enough berries these days. Each bite of these dreamy beauties contains the scent of sweet almond, a little nutty crunch, and a burst of juicy berries. These scones are pretty amazing on their own though, a smear of butter and blueberry jam doesn’t hurt a thing.

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Blueberry Almond Cream Scones

Adapted from this recipe.

Makes 12 scones.

I baked these in muffin cups, scooping the batter instead of patting it into a round and cutting out. I saw scones done this way on Donna Hay and I thought they were pretty dang cute. Frozen blueberries hold up better when mixing this dough, but if you don’t mind some blueberry streaks, go ahead and use fresh.

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes and chilled

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

3/4 cup frozen blueberries

for the tops:

1 egg

1 tablespoon cream

sliced almonds and sugar

Preheat the oven to 425˚F and place paper cupcake liners in 12-cup muffin tin.

In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, pinch in the butter until there are bits of butter throughout and the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Toss in the blueberries and coat with the dry mixture. Pour in the cream and almond extract and gently fold to create a dough–the dough will be a bit wet, but not as wet as a muffin batter. Don’t over mix, it’s better to err on the side of under mixed with some dry bits throughout. Divide the dough between the 12 muffins cups using a levered scoop, about 2 scoops per cup

Whisk the egg with the 1 tablespoon of cream. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg-cream mixture, sprinkle with almonds and sugar. Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 13-15 minutes or until the tops of the scones are just golden. Remove from the oven and (try to) cool at least 10 minutes before serving. [/recipe]

Spicy Pecan Banana Bread

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Yesterday, I shared some sriracha-maple pecans on my Instagram feed. The pecans are coated in a mixture of maple syrup and sriracha, making for a sweet-savory combination that is seriously addictive.

Seriously. I cannot stop eating them.

The pecans are delicious enough on their own, as a snack, but I had to put ‘em in some banana bread. This spicy situation began this weekend when we went to Salt & Straw for a waffle cone with Sean’s brother and girlfriend, who are visiting this week. This month at Salt and Straw they have a spicy banana walnut ice cream…gah! it’s so good! It’s so good that Sean and I both got a scoop. Which is major since we almost never order the same things–so we can share, obvs. As we were enjoying our treats, I immediately told Sean I wanted to make a bread version using pecans.  Thus, this banana bread.

Plenty of chopped pecans get folded into the banana batter–that also contains a bit of sriracha for a little background hint of savory-spice. The sriracha isn’t super pronounced here, it just brings a bit of salty-heat that plays so nicely with the sweetness of the bananas in the bread and the maple syrup on the pecans. Then, more of those spiced pecans stud the top of the bread so you get a bit of sweet-crunchy-spice in every bite.

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Spicy Pecan Banana Bread

Adapted from this recipe.

For the pecans:

2 cups whole, raw pecans

1 tablespoon sriracha

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

For the bread:

4 very ripe bananas

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon sriracha

1/4 cup milk

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with coconut oil spray or other cooking spray. Line the sprayed loaf pan with parchment, leaving an overhang on two sides, secure the overhang with binder clips. Set both pans aside.

In a bowl toss the pecans with the sriracha, maple, and cinnamon until evenly coated. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes. Remove the pecans from the oven and toss with the 2 teaspoons of sugar to coat, cool slighty. Chop 1 cup of the pecans coarsely and set aside while you make the batter.

In a bowl mash the bananas well and mix with the cooled butter, sugar, beaten egg, vanilla, sriracha, and milk until well combined. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in the chopped pecans. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and arrange as many whole pecans (from the remaining 1 cup of pecans) on top of the batter as you’d like. Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. If the pecans begin to get too dark part of the way through, tent the bread with foil and continue to bake until done. Cool on a rack before slicing and serving. [/recipe]