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Pumpkin bread with chocolate? I guess I need to add one more ingredient to Tuesday's pumpkin bread recipe. I'll be baking this weekend--with chocolate!
"Hello! I've made pumpkin bread lots of times--you've inspired me to make a batch! But--you've left out my favorite ingredient, chocolate chips! Try it, you'll never go back!"--Chris H.
"Hello Suzanne, your bread sounds yummy and simple. Wanna kick it up a notch? Be well my friend and happy reading."--Lemonz
(Suzanne replies) Thanks for the recipe Lemonz. When I first read through the recipe (below) it looked complicated, but it's not. When the steps in a recipe overwhelm me, I cover the recipe with a piece of paper, revealing line by line, the how-to directions and suddenly, it's no big deal and I'm baking.
Pumpkin Bread With Chocolate Swirl
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pan
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, melted
1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons canola oil
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Heat oven to 350 F. Brush an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan with butter and dust with flour, tapping out the excess. Combine the chocolate and 2 teaspoons of the oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
2. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
3. Beat the butter, sugar, and the remaining 1/4 cup oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the pumpkin puree and mix until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla and mix until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
4. Transfer half the batter into the prepared pan. Top with two-thirds of the chocolate mixture. Repeat with the remaining batter and chocolate mixture. Using a skewer or a knife, swirl the chocolate and batter together to create a marbled pattern.
5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
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