Monday, September 22, 2014

Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Bread

I am still in search of the perfect chocolate bread recipe and I believe I am getting closer. This recipe is a Starbuck's Christmas recipe: Chocolate Cinnamon Bread.

It baked up beautifully.  It smelled amazing loaded with cinnamon and chocolate.  It was also easy to mix and bake, really a whole lot to love with this recipe.   Did I tweak it?  Of course I did!   I have one son that is always begging for chocolate chunks to be added to the quick breads so, what could be more perfect to add to this recipe than chocolate chunks. 

When adding the chocolate chunks, I discovered that dusting them generously with a bit of cocoa keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the batter.  I didn't do it with the loaf pictured here but, I did it with the chocolate bread I am sharing tomorrow and the chocolate didn't sink, goal achieved!

Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients Batter:

3 sticks butter, room temperature

3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups flour
1 cup dutch processed cocoa
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of chocolate chunks, dusted with cocoa

Cocoa Spice Topping:

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of ginger
pinch of cloves
1/4 cup sparkle sugar (for decoration)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

Grease and flour 2-9x5x3 loaf pans.  You can use parchment paper lining.
Cream the butter and the sugar with a stand mixer for 5 minutes, until fluffy.
Then add the eggs each one at a time until mixed well.  Scrapping down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed.  
In another large bowl mix together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  
In a separate bowl mix together the buttermilk, water, and vanilla.
With mixer on low speed alternate adding the buttermilk mixture and the flour mixture incorporating them into the batter.  Mix until fully blended but not over mixed.  Fold in the chocolate chunks, or just sprinkle them on top of the batter divided between the two pans.   
Pour the batter evenly into two loaf pans.  The chocolate chunks will sink to the bottom of the pan unless you dust them with cocoa powder. 
Combine the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; sprinkle this topping evenly over the top of the two loaf pans.  Finish by sprinkling the sparkle sugar evenly on top of the two pans.  
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes then turn out onto serving platter.
Yield: 2 loaves
Recipe adapted from: Starbucks

My mug is by Ralph Lauren.

The teapot is by Johnson Brothers the pattern is Blue Denmark.

The cozy going on with this spicy cinnamon chocolate bread and a cup of tea is just the perfect pairing for a chilly fall day!

Do you have a fantastic chocolate quick bread recipe?  Share it!  Leave the link in the comments below.
I will link this to:
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Time Travel Tuesdays at Brambleberry Cottage

The Weekend Retreat at Play, Party, Pin


The Vintage Chateau said...

Oh good heavens, that looks amazing! I'll be trying it soon!

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Je commence très bien ma matinée avec cette jolie publication gourmande !
J'aime l'astuce que vous apportez en précisant de saupoudrer les carrés de chocolat comme on saupoudre les raisins...
A travers l'écran je hume avec délice les odeurs de cannelle !...
Vos photos sont magnifiques et je viendrais bien vous rejoindre pour partager une tasse de thé accompagnée d'une part de ce bon pain au chocolat.

Gros bisous ♡

Betsy said...

picking up ingredients to make it tomorrow. thanks for the recipe.

Betty said...

You are after my heart in this recipe. I love chocolate and cinnamon. Thanks for the tips and the recipe.

Our Hopeful Home said...

I have to say that I have never even had chocolate quickbread, so I think I'll have to add this to my list of recipes to try this fall/winter. Thanks for sharing, it looks yummy!

angie said...

awwwww, danke für das rezept!!! liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland

Millie said...

I'd like to try that recipe. The cup is lovely too, but of course, anything blue is fine with me!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Yum, yum, yum! That looks so good, Sherry. You can't beat chocolate and with chocolate chunks too! I bet your sons were happy! Love your pretty blue and white china too. Cozy is a good word for your tea post today. Happy Autumn!


Antiques And Teacups said...

That looks delicious! My husband doesn't particularly like cinnamon, but he DOES like chocolate chunks, so maybe I can sneak this one in! Lol! The blue and white is a perfect contrast to your delicious bread! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Snap said...

Blue and white sure looks good with chocolate!!!! Thanks for the recipe. My mouth is watering. Pretty Lauren mug and I really think you can't beat Johnson Bros anything! Happy Tea Day!

Diane said...

Chocolate and cinnamon together, two of my favorite things. I've never thought of combining them in a bread like this, looks yummy!

Beth in NEPA said...

Wow, what a great sounding recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

Wow, this sounds amazing. Pinning to try!

Marigene said...

Oh my goodness, this sounds and looks delicious, Sherry. I am going to try this for my next luncheon.
Enjoy the weekend!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Your dessert and RL china take me back in time to a place where the sun is always shining. Enjoy your weekend!

Kathy said...

This looks amazing, Sherry! I will be featuring your post in this week's A Return to Loveliness,

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

This is moving to the top of my "to bake" list!