I’m all about citrus this month and I can not get enough of it. I find myself snacking on grapefruits, grabbing clementines every time I pass the fruit bowl and sneaking flavorful zest into everything I make. Salads, seafood and sweets are all perfect canvases to showcase the season’s bounty of citrus. I guess there could be worse things to be focused on, so at least there’s that. This week, I am all about the oranges. Oranges and chocolate, specifically. Orange and chocolate have been a favorite combination of mine for a while, specifically dark chocolate.
Is it just me, or is it delightful when you can pass sweet baked goods off as breakfast food? Scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls and quick bread – they all fall under the category of sweet baked good, but are all perfectly acceptable to eat in the morning. Oh, and I almost forgot about doughnuts! Doughnuts are the classic breakfast sweet treat, I can’t believe that I almost forgot about them. I must be off my game.
I’ll tell you what’s not off it’s game, is this Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread. Oh yes, this stuff is everything you’d want a quick bread to be. Simple to put together, you don’t even need to dirty your mixer. Plus it’s filled sweet and citrusy flavors that all reside in a sweet, moist and cake-like loaf. I even added a bit of ginger to the batter for an extra burst of flavor. The great thing about this recipe is that you could mix and match flavors to suit your taste. A combination of lemon and blueberry would be great or even lemon and raspberry.
A slice of this Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread along with a cup of coffee is my idea of the perfect breakfast. Honestly, it’s been my late night snack of choice, too.
February 25th, 2014
Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread
Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk
zest of 1 orange
3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a glass loaf pan with non stick spray and set aside.
2. In a large large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, baking powder and ground ginger. In a second bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, milk and orange zest. Pour wet mixture into the dry and stir until combined. Toss dark chocolate chunks with remaining 2 tablespoons of flour then gently fold them into batter.
3. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
4. Allow bread to cool completely before removing from the pan. Slice and serve!
Emily is the cook, baker, photographer and rambler behind the blog, Jelly Toast. Aside from taking photos of everything she eats, her days are spent being a short order cook, story teller, tea party guest and giver-of-snuggles to her two kiddos. She has not yet mastered the clean-as-you-go cooking style, but has high hopes for the future.