Chocolate Bread



Who doesn’t love bread?   I love going to a cute little bakery and seeing all the beautiful loaves of breads and the aroma of bread baking in the oven.  I’m like a little kid in a bread store!   I love sampling all the different kinds.  


There are so many kinds of breads, and I don’t think I have ever had one I haven’t liked.  Add chocolate to bread and I got two of my favorite things all in one.

What I like about this bread is it is just your simple, basic, chocolate bread.  It makes for a nice base to add a variety of goodies in it.  Add, nuts, M&M’s, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins or for this one I added one cup of white chocolate chips.  Add a combination of some nuts and chocolate chips or just leave it plain and serve with ice cream.  One of my favorite things to do is to cut it in to little cubes and serve it on a dessert bar with little dips like chocolate, whip cream, and cherry syrup.   Serve it for breakfast, for dessert or just as a midday snack.   However you decide to serve it, it will definitely be enjoyed!


Chocolate Bread


Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour

⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup shortening

1 ½ cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  

In a medium bowl sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.  Using an electric mixer on medium speed blend together shortening and sugar until well combined.  Add in eggs and blend well.  Gradually add flour mixture alternating with milk until all combined.  

Pour in to 2 greased 9”x5” loaf pans.  Bake for 55-60 minutes until tester comes out clean.

Cool on wire rack before removing from pan.

Variations

Add 1 cup of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, M&M’s, nuts, dried cranberries, raisins.
For glaze-add a few tablespoons of confectioners sugar to a little bit of water and whisk to desired consistency. Drizzle over bread.




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