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Chocolate Chip Apple Bread and ProBake Platinum Giveaway!

by on May 4, 2012 · 110 comments

Happy Friday!  To start the weekend, here’s a no-oil, no-butter recipe for Chocolate Chip Apple Bread from Dupont Teflon’s magazine, Carefree Cooking.

Chocolate Chip Apple Bread

It tasted great, and might taste even better to you if you make it in a free ProBake loaf pan courtesy of DuPont Teflon.

ProBake Loaf Pan and Cookie Sheet

Just leave a comment telling me your least favorite step in baking, and you will be entered into a random drawing for a scratch resistant, Teflon coated ProBake loaf pan and a very durable, non-buckling, Teflon coated Pro-Bake cookie sheet. I plan on drawing a winner Monday morning, so leave your comment before 6:30 AM CST Monday morning.

And read on to hear more about my experience with the bread and the bakeware…..

The quick bread was convenient. I made it all in one bowl and didn’t bother to grease or line the ProBake loaf pan since the point of the Teflon coating is to keep things from sticking. The bread baked very evenly, had a dense crust, and a surprisingly pleasing texture despite the lack of fat.

The chocolate chips did stick a bit, so I’d advise you to add a thin coat of cooking spray to the bottom of the pan if baking something with chips. Other than that, the loaf pan worked well and I’m confident most loaves, especially ones made with oil, will slide right out.

The ProBake cookie sheet was even better. I used it to roast a batch of potatoes at 450F. The potatoes didn’t stick and there was no buckling, which is a problem I’ve been having with my other baking sheets as of late – some of which are more expensive than ProBake.

ProBake can be found at major retailers and on Amazon. Or if you’re lucky, in a box on your front door! Just leave that comment telling me something you do NOT like about baking….particularly, a step. Mine would be measuring and mixing dry ingredients because I always make a mess.

If you missed the recipe link, here it is again — Chocolate Chip Apple Bread.

Disclosure: This is not a paid advertisement, but I did receive a free loaf pan and cookie sheet to sample.

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Published on May 4, 2012
Corinne May 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I’m pretty anti the cleaning part. I try to clean as I go as much as possible, because I always feel like the longer something sits, the grosser it is.

Louise May 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I hate when the recipe calls for sifting ingredients as I’m not fond of having to wash the sifter. :-) Out of curiosity, does the label on these items say it’s dishwasher safe, but when you read the fine print, it suggests you hand wash it? Wilton and most others say this.

Jacqueline May 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Greasing the pan has always bothered me. It used to be measuring shortening/butter until I got a scale and started weighing it. What a time saver and less dishes!

suburban prep May 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

My least favorite step in baking is actually the clean up of the materials.

Stephanie May 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I’m not sure this contest is open to Canadians but I wanted to play anyways! The least favourite part of baking for me is creaming the butter with sugar. I know I should just use that step to measure out my other ingredients but I now look for recipes where you just incorporate melted butter into the rest of the ingredients.

Anna May 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I hate cleaning too!

Louise, that’s a good question. I looked at the fine print and it said to clean it with hot soapy water or in an automatic dishwasher. They cautioned against using steel wool (as expected). Who’d use steel wool on Teflon, anyway?

Donna May 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

My least favorite step is cleaning up!

Natalie May 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I don’t like sifting my ingredients together. I generally just hand mix them together and hope it works!

karen May 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I get stressed out blind-baking a pie shell. I hate when they start to slide down the pan or puff up.

Juli May 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm

getting everything out and putting everything away. too bad it’s not like on the cooking shows where everything is out, measured and ready to create!

Stephanie Schiltz May 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm

The least pleasant part of baking is that I usually forget to take out the butter that needs brought to room temp. before use or eggs at room temp. In other words I’m disorganized!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Definitely scrubbing all my bowls and utensils…I don’t have a dishwasher! Sigh.

Kim May 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Hands down, least favorite is greasing and flouring the pan(s).

Mary Parks May 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

My least favorite part is making batches. When the first batch comes out I like to burn my mouth on the fresh hot baked delicacy. Once I have tried it, I sometimes get too distracted by the finished product that I burn the second batch. Maybe that’s just me but I wish they could all be done at once.

Beth L May 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

My least favorite step is waiting for it to come out of the oven!!

Meghan Finley May 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I hate taking my yummy food out of the pan. It always breaks or sticks :(

Rebecca May 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I think “cleaning” would be too obvious, so I’ll say measuring the dry ingredients! Probably because I always make a mess doing it!

Kim B May 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

My least favorite part of baking is cleaning up the mess!

Curtis May 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

cleaning up!

Jennifer May 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I hate measuring ingredients like peanut butter and shortening. Someday I need to do the weights on those so I can just weigh them out.

Melissa C. May 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Least favorite part is working really hard on something and having it turn out dissapointing!

MommaMary May 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I live in an extremely cramped apartment so I detest gathering everything I need for the recipe. I have things tucked everywhere, no good system (I’ve tried). I have yet to figure out how to down size my kitchen.

Donna G May 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

My least favorite part is waiting long enough for it to cool that I don’t make a mess while cutting or (more likely) burning my tongue tasting it! Seriously though, I like to bake and don’t really mind ANY of the steps!

Jessica May 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I am not a fan of sifting! I hate having to pull out my sifter- I end up making a huge mess and I hate having to clean it out afterwards!

MassachusEATS May 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Ugh I hate measuring out sticky ingredients like honey or syrup!

Valerie May 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

My least favorite step is cutting butter!

Jeni Herrera May 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I hate when you have to spray the pan or they WILL stick and cookies get tooooo mushy!

gail May 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

my non favorite step is cleaning up after baking!

kazue May 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

My least favorite step would be going to the store to buy the one ingredient that is inevitably missing from my pantry

Elaine May 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I hate separating the egg yolks from the egg whites.

Hannaeh B. May 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

my least favorite part is the measuring! I think that’s my my baked goods come out a little less that perfect.

Bigfatbaker May 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I hate refrigerating dough! I just spend 20 minutes making the stuff, now all I want to do is bake it and eat it!

Sara Phillips May 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

My least favorite part is the WAITING!! It seems to take forever for the goodies to come out of the oven and cool off!! :)

Dee May 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I make a terrible mess when baking, so cleanup is definitely the worse part.

Fallon May 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Tempering eggs, I’m always afraid they will curdle when I add it to the batter!

rachel May 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

My least favorite step is taking the eggs, butter, etc. out to reach room temp. I’m more of a spur of the moment baker!

Dee May 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Waiting for whatever I made to cool down enough to sample!!

JennieM May 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

If I don’t have help in the baking process, I just hate the cleaning up after…..If I have help, I hate the waiting for the dough to chill!

Sherry May 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I’m just playing along — I don’t want to be entered in the contest because I was lucky enough to win the awesome containers and cupcake liners that Anna gave away recently (see, real people DO win!!). Anyway I hate the cleanup just like most everyone else. And thanks again Anna!!

Caley May 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I actually love doing dishes with the major exception of anything that has held butter or peanut butter. It’s so greasy and smells weird!

Linda F May 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

My least favorite part is greasing the pan.

Ginny May 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Sifting. Hands down.

SANDY May 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

cleaning up

Kelli May 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

My least favorite part is waiting to taste what I’ve baked.

Cheryl R May 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

My least favorite part of baking is the clean up.

Katrina May 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I’m really not sure I could think of something that is my least favorite about baking. I really enjoy all of it. But I like what Kelli just said on the comment before me–the waiting to taste part! I’m really not fond of dirty dishes much either. ;)

Sammie May 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

My least favorite thing to do is beat egg whites to a stiff peak. I’m always afraid I will under-beat or over-beat them.

Gloria May 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm

My least favorite part of baking is clean up. Followed closely by cracking eggs and picking out the shells!

Erin May 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

My least favorite step is waiting for it to cool after baking so that I can eat it!

Ellen B May 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

trying to figure out if it is done yet

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