Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bread

I have found a few quick breads on this foodie blog that I have been checking out and they are simply delicious! If you remember, we tried the cheesy dill bread last week and a couple days ago we tried this recipe... The kids loved it! I mean check out this sweet face...

I think he likes his first taste of chocolate!

In her recipe this blogger mentioned that it was a little dry and I would have to agree - it didn't stop us from loving the recipe though!! I might try to add some of those frozen ripe bananas that I have piling up in my freezer for a little moistness next time... I mean, who doesn't love the combo of chocolate and banana!!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bread
(recipe found at http://www.sweetsbeginning.blogspot.com/)

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or all purpose)
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup chocolate chunks
coarse sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly butter a 9x5 loaf pan. In a bowl, add flour, oats, cinnamon, salt and baking soda together and mix. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy then add sugar. Beat on high speed until fluffy, scraping the bowl down occasionally, about 3-4 minutes. Add in egg and mix until fully combined, then add in vanilla and do the same. Add half of the dry ingredients. Once combined, add the buttermilk, then the rest of the dry ingredients. Scrape down sides and mix on low speed until completely incorporated. Fold in chocolate chunks. Pour batter into the buttered pan and sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.

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