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Chocolate espresso quickbread

Chocolate coffee quickbread on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis post is sponsored by Green & Black’s.

Though I inherited my love of sweet things, especially chocolate, from both my mum and my dad, mum and I share a love of a little something sweet everyday. Dad enjoys good chocolate from time to time but he isn’t fussed if he doesn’t eat chocolate every day. Mum and I, though? We totally indulge a little every day!  We spent last Christmas together in France and, as is tradition, there was a lot of chocolate around the house. I noticed us slipping back into an old favourite tradition: we’d eat breakfast early because we were all jetlagged and awake at odd hours then a couple of hours later we’d enjoy a coffee to keep us going. And we always reached for a chocolate. It didn’t need to be a huge piece, sometimes just a small piece of dark chocolate is enough with a mid-morning coffee.

Green and Blacks chocolate coffee quickbread on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor this Mother’s Day brunch-inspired recipe, I’ve taken that idea and developed a chocolate espresso quickbread that’s perfect to enjoy as a sweet complement to brunch (or just on its own with morning coffee!). I played with a couple of different Green & Black’s chocolates but finally settled on the Organic 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar. It’s not too sweet but just sweet enough to take the edge off the coffee which, itself, is very subtle. The perfect way to ease into your (Mother’s) day!

Coffee chocolate quickbread recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Chocolate espresso quickbread

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

Coffee and chocolate combined for the perfect brunch loaf.

Serves 8-10     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 100g Green & Black's Organic 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar
  • 115 g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 57 g (1/4 cup/ 4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 120 mL (1/2 cup) strong brewed espresso coffee
  • 225 g (1 1/2 cups) all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 60 mL (1/4 cup) milk

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Butter and flour an 9 x 5-inch loaf tin.
  3. Melt the chocolate either in the microwave at 50% power or in a metal or glass bowl over a pot of simmering water.
  4. Stir until smooth and set aside to cool slightly.
  5. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with an electric hand beater, beat the sugar and butter until smooth and creamy.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well after each addition.
  7. Use a rubber spatula to incorporate the espresso, stirring gently until well combined.
  8. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  9. Pour in the cooled, melted chocolate and fold gently to combine.
  10. Finally, add the mix and mix until the batter is smooth.
  11. Pour batter into prepared cake tin and bake for 50-55 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  12. Cool on a wire cooling rack for 15 minutes before removing the loaf from the tin to cool completely.

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When I was developing this recipe, it went down a treat in my staffroom. People loved that it wasn’t too sweet but that it was intensely chocolate-y at the same time. People cut half slices then snuck back for the second half. It’s that good.

Chocolate coffee quickbread recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhat about you – do you eat chocolate everyday?

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Disclosure: I was provided with samples of Green & Black’s chocolate so I could develop this recipe. I was also compensated for my time. Opinions are 100% my own.

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12 Responses to Chocolate espresso quickbread

  1. Geoff May 8, 2017 at 17:54 #

    I have to say, it looks good.

  2. Amanda ( Peppers & Pennies) May 10, 2017 at 09:27 #

    Alright, this looks like like the perfect loaf to me! I *really* am not a fan of sweeter chocolates but my husband prefers it when I bake with milk chocolate. 70% cocoa is my jam! I am making this this weekend and reporting back!

  3. Julia May 10, 2017 at 09:49 #

    I love Green & Black chocolate bars! And this loaf looks so good! I could go for a slice (or three) right now with a cup of coffee (or better espresso!)

    • Mardi Michels May 12, 2017 at 16:33 #

      It’s really good with an espresso – just sweet enough, you know?

  4. Colleen Milne May 10, 2017 at 11:16 #

    I love that there’s espresso in this loaf! It sounds delicious and easy to make, too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mardi Michels May 12, 2017 at 16:28 #

      It’s really quick to whip up and yes, the espresso gives it a nice kick!

  5. Kim May 10, 2017 at 11:43 #

    Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing! I think I am going to have to make this for a baby shower I am hosting next week!

  6. Isabelle @ Crumb May 12, 2017 at 15:55 #

    Chocolate and espresso is one of my favourite combinations. I love how you kept this loaf nice and simple, so that the chocolate can be the star of the show… definitely a good thing, especially when it’s a high-quality chocolate like Green & Black’s! 🙂

    • Mardi Michels May 12, 2017 at 16:26 #

      Right? For a breakfast loaf I wanted it to be fairly plain but flavourful so chocolate had to be the star of the show!

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