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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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,,, item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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