Packed with chocolate chips, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is a tasty (and easy!) recipe for all chocolate lovers!
Did you know that vanilla is the 2nd most expensive spice? (Quick quiz – what is the most expensive spice? Hint: It starts with saff- and ends with -ron.) One look at the price tag on a bottle of vanilla extract will confirm that it’s not cheap. I’m talking real vanilla extract…not the imitation stuff that sells for 99¢. Don’t even google how imitation vanilla is made…you don’t want to know. Let’s just say it involves cow poop and the northern side of southern facing beaver.) But back to the real stuff. The orchids which produce vanilla pods need to be hand-pollinated daily. It’s intensive work, and I find it fascinating. For more on vanilla production, check out this post.
You might be wondering why I’m talking about vanilla when today’s recipe is a Double Chocolate Quick Bread. That’s because a lot of chocolate companies add vanilla to offset the bitterness of cocoa. Have you ever eaten a bit of cocoa powder? If so, then you know what I mean about bitterness. I tried a spoonful of cocoa powder one time thinking it would taste like a chocolate candy bar. Let’s just say that was the first and last time I did that.
Following up on the idea that vanilla rounds out the flavor of chocolate, I used a bit of vanilla extract in this Double Chocolate Quick Bread. Chocolate and vanilla are often positioned as polar opposites, but that’s not entirely true. Vanilla, even when it’s not the primary flavor, plays a huge role in taste. It might seem strange to bake a chocolate cake and add vanilla, but I personally like the depth of flavor there. Call me crazy like that! (Of course, I’m also the guy who will pick a good vanilla bean ice cream more often than not.)
Double Chocolate Quick Bread
What’s not to love about quick bread? As the name denotes, quick bread is just that. Quick. And it’s also delicious. It’s practically cake by another term, and I’m 100% ok with that. Quick breads are baked goods that tend to rely on chemical leaveners (i.e. baking soda and/or baking powder) rather than yeast. Heck, soda bread is a quick bread that takes it’s very name from the use of baking soda. I love baking homemade yeasted breads, but that process is anything but quick. It’s a labor of love. I do personally love it, but it’s a labor.
This Double Chocolate Quick Bread is definitely not a labor of love. You’ll love it, but it’s not a labor at all. As with most quick breads, you mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Step 3 is to combine the two bowls together until just blended. Bake it up and bada-bing-bada-boom you’ve got a delicious quick bread cooling on your countertop.
As noted above, I often put a bit of vanilla extract into my chocolate desserts as I personally like the depth of flavor it creates. After that, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is fairly straight-forward. Flour, sugar, eggs, oil and cocoa powder. And the “double” part of the name comes from the addition of chocolate chips in this bread. All together, this quick bread is an easy but delicious treat when you’re craving something chocolate. And come on, when are you not craving something chocolate?? Enjoy!
Did you make this Double Chocolate Quick Bread at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version of this bread!
Double Chocolate Quick Bread
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ cups sour cream
- ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Spray a 9”x5” loaf pan with nonstick baking spray; set pan aside.
- Using a large bowl, add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir until well combined. Set bowl aside.
- In a separate bowl, add vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream; stir until well combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients; stir until just combined.
- Stir chocolate chips into the batter.
- Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean.
- Let cool in pan for 30 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack until completely cool.
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