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Chocolate Loaf. This is something everyone should try.


This is a recipe that I modified from Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros (a wonderful book that I’ll write about another time).  It is a lovely chocolate loaf.  It is dark and rich looking.  When you’re baking it, it smells deliciously chocolate but make no mistake, it’s not a cake, it’s bread; chocolate bread with a hint of sweet.  It’s different that what one might expect.  Try it toasted for breakfast, or as a late afternoon snack. 

See photos of our chocolate bread making below!

Chocolate Loaf

In a large bowl combine:

  • 1 pkg active dry yeast (2 ¼ tsp)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ c warm water

Stir until the sugar is dissolved and let stand for about 10 minutes.  Add:

  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • pinch of salt

Mix together with a fork until all ingredients are combined, then use your hands and knead the dough for about 6 minutes.  Put a drop of oil in the bowl, and turn the dough over so that the oil coats the dough ball.  Cover with plastic wrap, or a tea towel and leave to rise for 1 ½ -2 hours.  Prepare a loaf pan: grease or line with parchment paper. 

Preheat oven to 350°.  Punch the dough down to flatten then shape it into a rectangle and put it in the loaf pan.  Cover again and let rise ½ and hour to 1 hour, until it rises above the top of the pan.  Bake loaf for about 25 minutes.  Enjoy!

Three of the kids are checking out the mixture:



My seven year old is giving the three year old and the one year old instructions on kneading bread:






After the first rise:



Punching down the dough:



All punched down:



After the second rise, ready to go in the oven:


4 thoughts on “Chocolate Loaf. This is something everyone should try.

  1. BarbaraH

    I had the pleasure of sampling (read gorging myself) on the chocolate bread and MAN is it ever good. Soft and fluffy, moist with the rich taste of chocolate without the sweetness. I was even generously gifted half a loaf to take home and had to protect it from the kiddos in the car.

    Thank you Amanda! Such a treat.

  2. Manda

    Can I use this mixture and make a few round loafs of it.. as i don’t have that loaf pan! and how much time will it take?