Dark Chocolate Loaf (Eggless)

Those moments when your house is filled with the aroma of a chocolate loaf baking….are the moments I live for. This dark chocolate loaf is surely going to melt your hearts.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

I am sorry for being away for 2 weeks now. If you have been following me on Instagram, you would know that I was in Kathmandu during the Nepal Earthquake,25th April 2015. Those were really tough days but now things are much under control. Nepal is fighting back and a new Nepal is going to build soon. This recipe is the one I was supposed to post 2 week ago. I haven’t really baked or cooked much these 2 weeks.

P.S- Please #PrayforNepal Guys!!!!

This Dark Chocolate Loaf was for my Mom as she is really fond of loaf cakes. Its one of her weaknesses. So this Mother’s Day what better than posting My Mom’s Favorite Recipe.

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Who doesn’t love a slice of rich dark chocolate loaf? I hardly know of anybody. And if you are one of those, please do not speak to me ๐Ÿ˜› Just kidding guys. But really, this is one thing that you definitely need on a Sunday. A slice of these along with a cup of coffee and your favorite movie is enough to distress from all that you went through during the weekdays. This is totally how I love spending my Sundays. :3

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I baked a Pistachios,Nuts and Chocochip Loaf a few months ago which was quite a hit. I haven’t baked loafs since then although I was craving them since long. I don’t know why but I have this special attachment with a beautifully risen loaf. Do you feel the same???? If I am going through a really bad day, all I want to do is Bake. It is theorapatic. It is the best way I can relax.

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When we talk about chocolate cakes or loafs, I personally do not like it too sweet. I made this loaf once before but it was a total disaster. I used sweet milk chocolate and it ruined the entire loaf for me. It turned out too sweet and I hated it like anything. I was so upset that I didn’t want to give it another shot, until I tried them now. This time I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate along with Hershey’s Cocoa Powder and my loaf came out exactly the way I wanted it to. It wasn’t sweet or too bitter. Just perfect to my liking.

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P.S- Trust me guys, a sweet chocolate loaf is just not worth it…. Try this one!!!

Generally, I post a fuss free and easy recipe on a Sunday for all you guys. And most of you must be wondering looking at the picture that this ain’t EASY. But here is the surprise…This loaf is ready in about 50 mins from start to finish and you have to do nothing while its baking. Yes this is TRUE. You really don’t need to be pro at baking to make these. Just follow the steps and measurements and you are good to go. As i always say, please follow the measurements to the par while you are baking and your end results would be amazing.

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ย P.S- The Correct Measurements are extremely important while baking.

I also added dark chocolate chips to this one. I feel they enhance the flavor and texture of the cake all the more. Also it gives it a little bite and crunch and I absolutely love it. It is entirely optional though. You could also replace it with hazelnuts, cashews or any other nuts or dried fruits of your choice.

Lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: DARK CHOCOLATE LOAF

Makes: One 9″ Loaf

Prep Time: 15 mins

Baking Time: 40 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • All Purpose Flour- 200 gms
  • Unsalted Butter-50 gms
  • Sugar-100 gms
  • Salt-1/2 tsp
  • Baking Powder-2 tsp
  • Baking Soda-1 tsp
  • Hershey’s Dark Chocolate- 1 bar
  • Hershey’s Coco Powder- 3 to 4 Tbsp
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips-1/4th cup
  • Vanilla Extract-1 tsp
  • Yogurt-1/2 cup
  • Oil-1/4th cup

PROCESS:

In a bowl sift together all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and coco powder. Set this aside. Sift twice if possible.

In another bowl melt the dark chocolate. I melted it in a microwave stirring every 3 seconds until its is smooth.

Now beat the butter, sugar together until it is combined. Add oil and melted dark chocolate and whisk everything until smooth. Make sure you do not over beat it.

Now add the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients,,alternating with yogurt until everything is smooth and combined. The mixture need not be very watery. It will be thick so don’t worry.

Add vanilla extract and this mixture is ready. At the end add half a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips.

Line your loaf tin with some parchment paper, and add the mixture. Bake in a pre heated oven for 40 mins at 180 degrees.

Your amazing dark chocolate loaf is now ready.

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Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

Rich & Creamy Crock Pot Hot Coco

I assure you that this is the Best You Have Ever Had….So delicious that you might want to lick the crock pot once you have made the hot chocolate.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

From the time I am back from my Holiday to Singapore, I have been cribbing each day about winters and how cold it is. It really chilling here in Delhi. I constantly crave to have a cup of hot chocolate during the evening or post dinner. Hot Chocolates are an all time favorite and its really easy to make at home. But I loved the rich and creamy texture of hot chocolate that we get in some cafes and I could never get the same thing at home until I tried it last time.

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So the 1st post this year definitely had to be a Hot Cocoa in the Crock Pot. This is the Real Deal !!! On a chilly day this one warms you from the inside out. Serve it to someone who loves Hot Chocolate and they will light up like a Christmas Tree.. ๐Ÿ˜€

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I came across the term Crock Pot some days ago in the internet. It is a slow cooking process. It gives you the best cooking results by keeping intact the flavors. I thought of trying the same method for the Hot Chocolate for a creamy texture and Voila!!! Its was just amazing. Just stir in the Cream, Sweet Condensed Milk, Chocolate Chips, Milk and Vanilla together in your Crock Pot.

P.S- The best Hot Coco will be ready in about 20 mins.

As i told you, it is a slow cooking process but completely worth the wait. Just Sit back and relax and wait for the magic to happen.

RECIPE: CROCK POT HOT CHOCOLATE

Makes: 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cooking Time: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Sweet Condensed Milk- 1/4th cup
  • Whipped Cream- 1/2 cup
  • Milk- 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
  • Chocolate Chips- Dark chocolate 1/2 cup
  • Marshmallows- to garnish
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup- Optional

PROCESS:

Stir in the condensed milk, milk, whipped cream and vanilla in a heavy bottom non-stick pan.

Once it comes to a boil, add the chocolate chips, lower the flame and let this simmer. Stir occasionally and and wait until the chocolate melts completely.

After 15-20 mins switch off the flame.

Pour the Hot Chocolate in a Cup and top it with Marshmallows. If you don’t like marshmallows you can simply add some whipped cream on top.

Serve Hot.

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