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Chocolate Bread recipe

Yield Makes 8-10 thick slices 1x
Prep: 20 minutesCook: 45 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutes

An easy one bowl Chocolate Bread filled with chocolate chips.


  • 175 grams (1 and 1/4 cup) plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 40 grams (1/2 cup) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 90 grams (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 50 grams (1/4 cup) caster sugar or granulated sugar 
  • 115 grams (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 180 ml (3/4 cup) full fat buttermilk
  • 110 grams (3/4 cup) chocolate chips


  1. Grease and line your 9 by 5 inch loaf pan with baking or parchment paper. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, brown sugar and caster sugar. Gently stir.
  3. In a separate small bowl, add melted butter, vanilla and eggs. Whisk with a fork just to break up the egg yolks. 
  4. Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients along with buttermilk. Stir gently using a spatula until the mixture is combined – be careful not to over-mix.
  5. Stir through 75 grams (1/2 cup) of chocolate chips to the batter.
  6. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and sprinkle the extra 35 grams (1/4 cup) of chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.


Cocoa powder: This cake gets its chocolate flavour from cocoa powder. You can use natural cocoa powder or Dutch-processed cocoa. Don’t use sweetened cocoa.

Buttermilk: I recommend using full fat storebought buttermilk for best results. If you don’t have access to buttermilk, you can use 1/2 cup regular milk and 1/4 cup full fat Greek yogurt or sour cream. Otherwise, you can try a DIY buttermilk substitute, by adding 1 tablespoon (15ml) of white vinegar to 240 ml (1 cup) of whole or full fat milk. 

Chocolate chips: You can use milk or dark chocolate chips – whatever you prefer. Even white chocolate chips, Caramilk chips or peanut butter chips would work! 

Bake time: If your Chocolate Bread starts to go too brown on top by the 30 minute mark, cover loaf with aluminum foil for the remaining cook time. 

Storage: Once your Chocolate Bread is completely cooled, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature. Alternatively, you can slice into thick slices, cover them in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container in the freezer. To enjoy, simply thaw at room temperature, or microwave a slice for 15-20 seconds. 

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 slice Calories: 292 Sugar: 21.1 g Sodium: 224.1 mg Fat: 14.7 g Carbohydrates: 38.3 g Protein: 5.3 g Cholesterol: 64 mg
Nutrition information is a guide only.
Author: Jessica HolmesCategory: CakeCuisine: American
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