Chocolate Bread

Total Time:
2 hr 5 min
20 min
30 min
1 hr 15 min

2 loaves

  • Butter, for pans
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • Chocolate Butter, recipe follows
  • Chocolate Butter:
  • Recipe courtesy Paula Deen (PD, pg. 100)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons hot fudge topping

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour (2) 9 by 5-inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Beat in the milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla at medium-low speed with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in the chocolate morsels and pecans. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Shield the bread with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack. Serve with rich Chocolate Butter, if desired.

Chocolate Butter:

In a small bowl, beat the butter and fudge topping at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Cover, and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

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    This is a terrific recipe and I always use Sugar sub and buttermilk. It is fine the way it is but we have to watch our carbs. This is a delicious bread exactly what I was looking for! Thanks Paula!
    I cut the entire recipe in half and only used 1 egg with a little extra veggie oil and I dusted my chocolate chips and didn't have any issues!(: 
    Sooooo yummy, it came out perfectly for the birthday-breakfast-in-bed for my stepmother ^.^ I'm happy and definitely saving this recipe.  
    5-stars ! Perfection ! I feel sorry for the people who couldn't get the recipe to work for them.
    Very tasty! I love chocolate! Sprinkle a dusting of the recipe flour over the chocolate chips before u add them, and they will not sink. I am freezing one loaf for ltr.
    Very easy to make, didn't have two loaf pans so used a 9x13 instead, baked a little quicker that way,,,gave it only 3 stars because I didn't care for the pecans in it,,,(not a big fan of baking with nuts though in all honesty like to make a recipe the way it's written before making changes....will do it again but without the pecans....the chocolate chips sunk to the bottom,,otherwise moist and tasty,,,
    I thought this recipe was AWESOME!!!!!!!! I am a chocoholic and this bread was moist, chocolately, yummy and goes great w/a glass of milk or a cup of hot tea. I was short on the choc chips, but it did still come out really good. I made one loaf for me, and one for my bff who shares my love of the chocolate bean. I did notice that in my glass pan it "burned" a little on top, but in my metal one it came out perfectly fine. Next time I make it gonna add some caramel and make it a "turtle" loaf for my bff.

    Did not care too much for the butter, I think it needs less butter and more fudge, but overall excellent, excellent recipe. May make this for my SS kids next week.
    I thought this chocolate bread and butter were the two best things I have eaten all Christmas season! I wanted to devour the whole loaf. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!
    I followed the recipe exactily, no less and no more. 
    It turned out just ok, would not do it again, turned out moist but dry blah tasting like something was missing. 
    Will not do it again, throwing the recipe away. 
    I made the Chocolate Sauce as the recipe said, it was just ok, didn't knock my socks off, I'll come up with my own recipe that will put the one from the show to shame.
    I already reviewed this bread before making it and I gave it 5 stars based on the reviews. Now that I have made it, I am giving it 4 stars. It tasted a big brownie but after tossing the nuts and chips with flour, they still sunk to the bottom and stuck to the pan a bit. I had no problem with the baking time so there was no need to shield the bread.
    I like this bread a lot! But, I did have a problem with chocolate chips. I didn't like the semi-sweet flavor, so I think I might try this recipe again with milk chocolate chips, and the chips sank to the bottom of the pan (this wasn't that big of a deal to me though. The last problem was that there were a lot of chocolate chips in one loaf, so I might consider decreasing the amount - maybe by half? Overall, I enjoyed the richness of this bread and how it all got eaten by my family! Thank-you, Paula!
    Amazing bread. I did not have any cocoa powder on hand, so I used approximately 1/2 cup of melted milk chocolate and mixed that into the batter. Like some previous reviewers, I also felt the amount of oil was excessive, so I reduced it by 1/2. Bread turned out fluffy and tender. Unlike others, I did not have any trouble with my bread being overdone, or stuck to the pan. In fact, mine cooked for exactly one hour and was perfectly done. Remember - no recipe will cook exactly the same in everyone's kitchen or in every environment. Keep a close eye on your bread. When pressed lightly, it should spring back immediately. When it does, you are set to go! Enjoy everyone!
    I know Paula mixed everything together, but if you mix the nuts and chocolate chips in some of the flour before mixing them into the batter, the nuts and chocolate chips will be evenly distributed throughout the batter.
    Delicious, rivals my brownie recipe, and no butter. But...all my chocolate chips sank to the bottom, and the nuts all went to the top. How can I prevent this?
    I've made this three times now. My family LOVES this recipe and so do all the lucky neighbors who have received a loaf! This is destined to become a regular family recipe. Super yummy and easy!!!
    OUTSTANDING!!! Paula I never bake. I always watch your show and seen you making this. I told myself to try it.. After all, all I could do is fail lol.... 
    My was I proud of myself when it came out so PERFECT!! I could eat both loafs myself but know better. Will take one to work and share tomorrow. 
    Honestly I didn't know what "Shield the bread" meant. I wasn't sure if I was to put foil around the bread pan like you do when baking a pie so it doesn't brown too fast. Then I thought that doesn't look right. So I then laid a flat sheet of foil right on top of each pan. Now that worked!! 
    Thanks again Paula. I love you!!! 
    AMAZING!!!! What a great recipe, easy to follow and the reward is big. It's better than a big brownie if that is even possible... Make sure you make the chocolate butter, it really adds to the flavor. I didn't have oil so I used butter in its place and it turned out great. I lined the loaf pans with foil and sprayed them with cooking spray, to make it easier to remove them from the pans. This is a keeper and something that I will make again and again... Thank you.. was like eating a big brownie. Very rich, but the chocolate butter tones it down a bit. I added a bit more hot fudge to the butter. Loved this and so did my tennis team. Thanks for a great take a long dessert.
    OMG!! I served it with raspberry sause, a quick easy dessert. How yummy would ice cream sandwiches be with this???
    This was so easy and so yummy. I added different kinds of chips and some marshmallows and I would serve it at a dinner party or a great afternoon snack with tea and a good friend. Thank you Paula. PS: This is the first time I have ever rated a recipe and I have cooked many off this site. That's how good and easy it is.
    Scrumptious y'all! So great served warm and definitely don't forget to add the Chocolate Butter suggested at the bottom of the recipe. I will make this over and over again.
    one word "wow" i perfer to use butter in my pan add to the flavor
    Good Recipe!!! I tried it and it was delicious!!!  
    Note: use cooking spay for pan if you don't want to use butter.
    Just when I think Mrs. D can't get any more awesome, she seems to manage it! I made these for Christmas presents, and quick breads don't come any better...or easier. Almost as easy as a mix. Just dump everything in the mixer, and...voila!

    A note to Bellwoodsinger: I use Pam brand Baking Spray and the loaves come out like magic. I also used metal loaf pans. The one time I used glass, they were so tender they broke apart.

    Our friends came back to us to get the recipe and to compliment us. Thanks, Paula, once agin!
    This was wonderful microwaved for a few seconds with a little butter slathered on top (I'm sure Paula would approve - LOL! I also used walnuts instead of pecans, since they were handier and dusted them with flour along with the chocolate chips - no problems there! However, I didn't think it tasted like a big brownie - my brownies are a lot sweeter and chewier. I used the whole cup of oil, which did produce a fairly thin batter, but it baked up just fine. Instead of 2 regular loaf pans, I used two mini-loaf baking sheets, which made 16 mini-loaves, and then cut the baking time down to just over 20 minutes. The inside was done and the crust was not too brown, so this also worked out well. Gave several loaves out to friends and they raved about them, so this is definitely a "keeper" recipe!
    Very Good, it tasted like a big brownie!
    OH MY GOSH this was delicious. The only problem I had was getting it out of the pan. Not sure what I did wrong. I followed the directions completely but the bottom still stuck to the pan. So, instead of giving the loaves away for Christmas, my husband and I get to eat them. LOL Good enough to try again for sure.
    I'm in heaven!!! I've made this twice. This first time I made it I forgot the oil but it turned out, just crumbly. It was great as a topping on ice cream. When I made it the second time I used all of the ingredients (haha and it was great. I used walnuts instead of pecans and toasted them first. I used glass loaf pans so I cut back a little bit on the temperature and they came out fine with that nice "brownie crust" that everyone fights for. My husband's family gobbled them up. This recipe is a keeper.
    Sure does remind me of having a brownie! I had read a few reviews stating that they had trouble with the batter being to runny so I thought that using 1 cup of oil was way to much so I halved it to 1/2c of oil. I had no problem with the bread other than I could taste salt so next time I will cut the salt down too. I served this bread to one of my friends and she enjoyed it as well. I used milk chocolate chips as this was what I had on hand and omitted the nuts cause I don't like nuts in breads.
    I loved it. I dusted my MILK chocolate chips and walnuts with flour and that helped. I also mashed up bananas. It was wonderful!!
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