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Chocolate Apple Bread


On days like today when the sky is gloomy and the rain doesn’t ever seem to cease, there comes a cold chill that runs through my home and it reminds me of Autumn all over again.

Chcocolate Apple Bread 2

After having almost a full week of 75 degree weather of bright sunlight and warmth, a temperature of what most New Yorkers felt was summer, today’s weather puts a damper on my excitement of Spring.  The only way to overcome this dull feeling of having the “blues” is to bake something warm.


Luckily for me, I had a few extra apples that needed to be eaten.  With my pre-existing trouble of consuming raw fruits, I decided to bake them into a bread.  But this bread is no traditional bread; chocolate chips are incorporated into the loaf to give it an extra taste of sweetness.

Chcocolate Apple Bread

The Chocolate Apple Bread has a complex medley of different textures and flavors.  You get everything from delicious baked apples to a crunchy crumb topping of walnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  A definite must have for breakfast or as a snack for any bread lover.

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The sweet aroma is very warm and inviting.  It will have you begging for more as I have already found myself victim of yearning for a second slice.  So you too just may find yourself grabbing a slice or maybe two in one hand and a cup of coffee or tea in the other on your way about your daily routine.  I like to compliment mine with a glass of milk :-)

Chcocolate Apple Bread (sliced)

As for the recipe, I’ve added a couple of changes that is completely optional.  The latter change is one I highly recommend if you want a crumb topping that adheres to the bread.

For one, breads lack color and they’re supposed to.  From previous experience of baking apples, I already knew that the color of the red skin from the apples would disappear.  Without going crazy on adding colors (and you most certainly can add more or omit), I decided to add a combination of red semi-sweet chocolate morsels along with the milk chocolate chips to give the bread the illusion of the red skin from the apple pieces.

Secondly, I altered the walnut-cinnamon-sugar crumb topping because I found that the original recipe didn’t have an ingredient to properly adhere the crumb mix onto the top of the loaf.  I added in a tablespoon of margarine which is a common ingredient used to bind dry ingredients together for crumb toppings.

Despite the fact that I am not a bread lover but a cake lover, I found myself loving this recipe and will definitely make this again.  Possibly with a change of apples such as Granny Smith the second time around.

Chcocolate Apple Bread (sliced) 2

Chocolate Apple Bread

Prep time: 30 min | Cook time: 60 min | Total time: 1 hr 45 min | Yield: 1 small loaf

Ingredients

Crumb Topping:

  • 2 T white sugar
  • 1/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 C finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 T margarine

Bread:

  • 2 C APF
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 C margarine, softened
  • 1 C white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 2 T buttermilk
  • 1 C chopped apples
  • 1/2 C walnuts
  • 1/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. To make the topping, in a small bowl mix the sugar, cinnamon and finely chopped walnuts. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Stir in apples, walnuts, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with topping.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool on a wire rack.

Tips

  • Add 1 tablespoon of margarine as a binding ingredient to the crumb topping so it can properly adhere to the top of the bread loaf.

Chocolate Apple Bread recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.


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