Sunday, June 12, 2011

Double Chocolate Loaf with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Spread

If you all follow this blog, you know by know I am addicted to chocolate I usually can't get enough of it, but..... 
I think I met my match. 
The chocolate in this loaf is so intense it is almost too overpowering.  The loaf is made with dark chocolate cocoa powder and it has chunks of dark chocolate in the batter.  I didn't have dark chocolate cocoa powder or dark chocolate chunks so I used regular cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chunks.  I was suppose to bake for 1 hour which I did but it turned out slightly dry.  On the other hand, the peanut butter spread was wonderful!!  We only had chunky peanut butter so that is what I used.  You definitely need a nice big glass of cold milk when you have a slice of this!  

 It is chocolate decadence!

Double Chocolate Loaf with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Spread
Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented
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.

This loaf is the ultimate gift.  Double or triple the recipe, cool the loaves completely, and remove them from the pans. To give the loaves a nifty bakery look, wrap them in brown parchment paper, and then wrap them in plastic and drop them off to friends along with a card.

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