Chocolate Peppermint Bread

So with Christmas right around the corner and baking season in high gear I wanted to combine two of my favorite flavors in a baked item I love to make. Most of you know how many quick bread recipes I have!

This is such a great and easy bread to whip up. It tastes just like Christmas! I think that I am going to make this bread every Black Friday to start the Christmas Season with a perfect pairing. A slice of this with a steaming hot mug of Hot Chocolate and you will be in Deck the Halls Heaven!

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The Crowning glory of this bread is the White Chocolate and Peppermint candy topping! Not only does it make this wonderful bread gorgeous it turns into a winter wonderland.

The chocolate flavor is bursting out and is not overpowered by the peppermint. I like to slightly under bake my breads so the middle section of the crown stays nice and moist.

This recipe makes two loaves. So they also would make perfect gifts! I know I would be overjoyed if I received a loaf this amazing!

So much Chocolate, great peppermint and it’s dense and not overly sweet. A perfect snack or midnight treat! We all know that someone special will be coming late one night. And although he really loves Brownies {Santa’s Favorite Brownies} he would be just as happy with Chocolate Peppermint Bread.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 butter softened
  • 1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 3 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 q/2 tsp baking SODA
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk ( use 2% milk and 1 tsp cream of tartar to make buttermilk)
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 oz white chocolate melted and crushed peppermints for the topping

Instructions

  • preheat oven to 350
  • grease 2 loaf pans with butter (I never use spray with baked goods)
  • in the mixer beat brown sugar and butter till crumbly
  • mix in all the wet ingredients and combine (will look very sloppy, but trust me it works out in the end)
  • mix in salt and baking soda
  • then add the cocoa
  • slowly add the flour and mix until a nice batter
  • add in the chocolate chips
  • pour batter into prepared loaf pans
  • bake for 50-55 min
  • Let cool in the pan for 1 hour
  • then turn out to a cooling rack
  • once completely cool
  • melt white chocolate in the microwave
  • have crushed candies ready to go
  • drizzle the white chocolate across the tops of the loaves and sprinkle the crushed peppermints
  • let cool and set
  • wrap in cling film
  • Enjoy!
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