Monday, February 27, 2012

double chocolate loaf with peanut butter cream cheese spread

I've missed a few challenges, but i'm back in for February's. The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

I'm quite familiar with quickbreads, probably the first things I've ever made since they are so simple. As I kid, my mom let me mix muffin batter. Being so excited to help, I'm sure I totally overmixed the batter, resulting in dense and heavy muffins and loaves. But now I know better. Barely mix wet and dry ingredients together, bake, you're done.

I had missed this recipe when the Baked Sunday Mornings group made it before I joined, so I thought this was the perfect time to try it. I used 72% chocolate, and it was very deeply chocolaty. A little too much for my liking, but the peanut butter cream cheese spread complimented it quite nicely.

Double Chocolate Loaf with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Spread
recipe source: Baked Explorations, by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

For the Double Chocolate Loaf
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder, (like Valrhona ), sifted
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (60-72%), coarsely chopped

For the Cream Cheese Spread
5 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar

Make the Double Chocolate Loaf
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and position the rack in the center. Butter a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan, dust it with flour, and knock out the excess flour.

Place the brown sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Press out any lumps with the back of a large spoon. Add the cocoa, flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolk until blended, then add the buttermilk,oil, and vanilla; whisk until combined.

Turn the mixer to low and slowly stream the wet ingredients into the dry ones, mixing just until combined. Stir in the dark chocolate chunks by hand.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the Peanut Butter Spread
In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until incorporated. (If you are not using the spread immediately, place it in a ramekin, tightly cover it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for up to 3 days.)

Serve the loaf plain or toasted, topped with the peanut butter spread.

The loaf will keep , in an airtight container or wrapped tightly, at room temperature for up to 3 days.


  1. Be still my heart! That looks amazing. I'm going to have to bookmark this one!

  2. Oh My GOSH. The peanute butter cream cheese spread just put me over the edge. This sounds insanely delicious!!

  3. That peanut butter cream cheese could be SO dangerous around my house... YUM. It looks amazing with that super chocolate-y bread, too. Awesome choice and awesome job on the challenge!

  4. You have killed me dead with this loaf of bread and the spread. I need them both in my life, like now!

  5. Omg! How delicious does this look!! I need to have this in my life now!

  6. Wow- chocolate heaven. The sound of the peanut butter spread is mouthwatering. My dear ex-boyfriend owns a wine shop right next door to Baked; such a great bakery. Fantastic choice. Best, Sandie

  7. Double chocolate is always a winner and your loaf looks devine, peanut butter spread tops it off :)

  8. know I love this, and I'm definitely making it ASAP. Yours look so incredibly fudgy and gorgeous. BTW, I'm going to make that damn banana bread look pretty..even if it takes me all day when I do it lol

  9. Yum, chocolate + peanut butter=delicious!

  10. PB and chocolate yummy yummy in my tummy. I love that first picture the loaf is moist and dense and the colour is stunning. Well done on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  11. This looks absolutely decadent! I'm definitely going to have to try this loaf. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  12. This looks absolutely decadent! I'm definitely going to have to try this loaf. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  13. I loved this recipe. I think I used 60% was delicious. but I didn't like the way the baked bread fell in the middle. I also like the peanut butter spread. This is a recipe I will use one of my favorite "Baked" recipes...but like most of their, it needs a little tweaking.

  14. Wow! How did I miss this during the Daring Baker's reveal!?! And I'm sorry this was made before I started Baked Sunday Mornings. But it looks just divine! It looks so moist and chocolatey...and that cream cheese icing is just killer! : )

  15. I missed this one, too - now you've inspired me to try it! Terrific flavor combination!


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