Applesauce is often used as a replacement for all or part of the oil in quick breads, and apple butter can be too. In Double Chocolate Apple Butter Bread, a combination of apple butter and vegetable oil keeps this bread moist and adds just a tiny hint of apple flavor.
Double Chocolate Apple Butter Bread Notes
Spices are optional in this bread, which is truly more of a quick bread than just a cake in disguise. I left out cinnamon and allspice in favor of a clear chocolate flavor, though the spices would not be a bad thing. The chocolate chips, in my opinion, are not optional. Even though the bread is sweet, the extra sweetness from the chocolate chips makes a good thing better.
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Double Chocolate Apple Butter Bread
- 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour (220 grams)
- ½ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup apple butter (pumpkin butter works) I used Smucker's
- ¼ cup vegetable oil (use kind of a generous ¼ cup)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup plain yogurt, full fat is best, but nonfat okay too
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x5 inch or 8 ½ x 4 ½ inch metal loaf pan with flour-added baking spray.
- Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the apple butter, oil and sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs one by one, then whisk in the vanilla and the yogurt until smooth.
- Whisk in the flour, then stir in the chocolate chips.
- Scrape batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle nuts across the top.
- Bake on center rack for 50 to 60 minutes or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for about an hour, then remove from pan and let cool completely before serving.