For breakfast or dessert, Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread is perfect slathered with butter and paired with a hot cup of coffee.
I’m all about citrus this month and I can not get enough of it. I find myself snacking on grapefruits, grabbing clementines every time I pass the fruit bowl and sneaking flavorful zest into everything I make. Salads, seafood and sweets are all perfect canvases to showcase the season’s bounty of citrus. I guess there could be worse things to be focused on, so at least there’s that. This week, I am all about the oranges. Oranges and chocolate, specifically. Orange and chocolate have been a favorite combination of mine for a while, specifically dark chocolate.
Is it just me, or is it delightful when you can pass sweet baked goods off as breakfast food? Scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls and quick bread – they all fall under the category of sweet baked good, but are all perfectly acceptable to eat in the morning. Oh, and I almost forgot about doughnuts! Doughnuts are the classic breakfast sweet treat, I can’t believe that I almost forgot about them. I must be off my game.
A slice of this Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread along with a cup of coffee is my idea of the perfect breakfast. Honestly, it’s been my late night snack of choice, too.
Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread
February 25th, 2014
Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk
zest of 1 orange
3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a glass loaf pan with non stick spray and set aside.
2. In a large large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, baking powder and ground ginger. In a second bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, milk and orange zest. Pour wet mixture into the dry and stir until combined. Toss dark chocolate chunks with remaining 2 tablespoons of flour then gently fold them into batter.
3. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
4. Allow bread to cool completely before removing from the pan. Slice and serve!