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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Pistachios, Nuts & Chocochip Loaf

This Loaf totally defines the start of the fall winter season and also that Christmas is about to come. Loaded with a lot of nut..chocolate chips and Pistachios, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t fall in โค with this cake.

Moist, Fluffy, Nutty….My Pistachios,Nuts & Chocochip Loaf is the best Loaf Cake I made so far!!!!

Hello Lovely Readers,

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You know sometimes, once in a while, I am completely taken aback by something new that I try and it turns out to be astonishingly SUPERB. This Loaf would be the apt example of this situation. I was so happy with the end results that it left me awestruck. I mean just look at this beauty.

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I completely love the fall winters and they are my favorite part of the year. Right from wearing my favorite socks to those soft full sleeves, fall winters makes it up for everything. I kinda feel that baking is more fun during this season because we just tend to look for warm and rich flavors during this season. I personally like to gulp down something baked..right from cookies to muffins along my hot chocolate cup. Baking gives more pleasure and all those warm and gooey cakes and pies make the winter season all the more special.

P.S- Baking is much more fun during winters.

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How many of you love the Christmas Fruit Cake? I like wait for the entire year to eat a slice of those beauties. I love the fact that it is loaded with plums and fruits and nuts and how amazing all of these tastes. Well, i know most of you must be thinking that why am I talking about Christmas a month in advance. That is because my Pistachios, Nuts & Chocochip Loaf is very much inspired by the Christmas Fruit Cake. Since I was craving it so much I had to try making something which would kill my craving for the Christmas Cake. Obviously, I couldn’t bake one of those, because it requires a lot of preparations so I tried to make a loaf which is loaded with nuts and chocolate chips.

During my early stages of baking, I never baked a cake loaf or a pound cake. Although, ever since my childhood I have been extremely fond of sliced dry cakes, I never had the confidence to bake one. I always thought that these loaf cakes cant be made without the use of eggs or without any expert advice. Till today I prefer dry slice cakes in comparison to anything. My first attempt to a loaf cake was my Banana Chocochip Loaf and it was a victory. That was really amazing. It is my mom’s favorite and she asks me to bake it once a week..phew ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It was my MOM’s 50th Birthday on the weekend and she didnt want any cake from the baker. All she demanded was for her favorite Banana Loaf. I was quite bored of baking that again and again. Its something with us food bloggers that we keep wanting to try something new all the time. So I promised my mom a loaf cake but I wasn’t sure as to what to make. Meanwhile, I was craving the nutty Christmas cake.. So I kinda mixed both the ideas and made a nutty pistachio loaf with a lot of chocolate chips. Voila!!!! It turned out to be amazing.

P.S- Its my MOM’s new favorite thing now ๐Ÿ˜›

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This Loaf has a lot of nuts and pistachios because I like that nutty flavor in each bite. I have added crushed almonds, cashews and walnuts. You can add or remove any of these according to your taste and preference. Also, the chocolate chips is not compulsory at all. If you want to keep it entirely nutty you may do so. I have added a whole lot of chocolate chips because, I love the bitterness. The only thing that I would mention is that if you at all are thinking of adding the chocolate chips add the bitter dark chocolate chips. The semi-sweet or the sweet ones would not go well with this loaf as they would overpower the flavor of the nuts and also make the loaf extremely sweet.

 

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Unlike my banana loaf I have used all purpose flour in this loaf. I haven’t replaced it with whole wheat. The flavor does change and I didn’t want to compromise on that. Again, its entirely upto you.

This loaf is extremely moist, soft and rich in flavor. Its tastes as good as a store bough slice of dry cake or even better may be. It is extremely easy to put together and is fuss free. If you are a beginner at baking, this loaf is totally for you. Ready in about an hour or so, this loaf will not disappoint you at all.

P.S- The loaf tastes best the next day once all the flavors are incorporated. Only if you have that much of patience eat it the next day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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RECIPE: PISTACHIOS, NUTS & CHOCOCHIP LOAF

Makes- 9″ Loaf (One)

Prep Time- 20 mins

Baking Time- 45 to 50 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 1 1/2 cup
  • Baking Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Castor Sugar- 1 cup
  • Unsalted Butter- 2 sticks
  • Buttermilk- 1 cup
  • Apple Sauce- 3/4th cup( Boil 2 large apples in water,sugar and lemon juice for about 20 mins and then grind them to a smooth paste)
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
  • Cashews- 1/4th cup chopped
  • Walnuts- 1/4th cup chopped
  • Almonds- 1/4th cup chopped
  • Pistachios- 1/2 cup thinly sliced
  • Chocolate Chips- 1/4th cup

PROCESS:

Sift together all purpose flour & baking powder and keep aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together apple sauce and butter for a few mins until they are combined. Now add sugar and beat the mixture well.

Now add the flour mixture alternating it with butter milk to for a smooth cake mixture. Make sure there are no lumps at all. Do not whisk much. Now keep the beater aside and fold in all the nuts and chocolate chips. Fold in these very lightly. Lastly, add vanilla extract and mix everything together….

Line a 9″ Loaf tin with butter paper. Also grease the sides. Add in the cake mix. Top with sliced pistachios and chocolate chips and bake for at least 40 mins at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven.

Each oven is different. Therefore, bake for 35 mins first and poke a skewer to check if the cake is done or not. If it doesn’t come out clean you may bake it for another 10 mins.

Your Pistachios, Nuts & Chocochip Loaf is now ready.ย 

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Banana Chocochip Loaf

Super Moist, Super Chocolaty, Super Yummy. Best Banana Loaf Ever.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

Baking a Bread has always been on top of my bucket list but I had never tried them. Honestly, I was always scared that they might not turn out the way they are supposed to be. Well, I am so so glad that I have finally baked them and to my surprise it turned out amazing. They are on my hit list and a Ten On Ten recipe. My family loved it too and trust me they are high on demand. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Banana Bread is the best creation ever. I wonder why I didnt try them earlier ๐Ÿ˜ฆ This Banana Chocochip Loaf is easyย  very easy to bake. All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the bowl, mix them and bake it. Simple isnt it. My super moist Banana Chocolate Loaf along with a scoop of ice- cream is the best dessert you could make. If you are a beginner at baking, and dont know where to start from- I would suggest you to try baking these Banana Chocochip Bread. They are moist, chocolaty and really really easy to make. They make you feel like a perfectionist.

P.S- I have used whole wheat flour forย my Banana Chocochip Loaf .

This Banana Chocochip Loaf is low on calories. There are a lot of bananas, whole wheat flour and walnuts. They are low in calorie which is why you wont mind picking another piece of it. I am not really a calorie counter, but if you can bake something healthy yet so delicious then why not? I have used 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour to 1/2 cup cake flour. But if you wish, you can bake them with cake flour itself. The choice is totally yours. It wont make a difference to the taste and the moistness of the cake.

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A banana loaf cake is like a really vintage dish in the baking world. Its been made since ages. They are called Banana Bread but its more like a moist, sweet, fluffy piece of cake. I wonder why are they called BREADS . The best part about a banana breadย is that you can eat it for Breakfast, with your Evening Tea or as a dessert. It serves all your cravings at its best.The shelf life of this cake is 3 to 4 days and trust me its as tasty as it is on the 1st day. All you have to do is microwave it for a few seconds and its ready ๐Ÿ™‚

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The trick to a really moist and flavored banana bread is to use a very ripe banana. Yes, you heard it right. Those bananas which have black dots on them are the ones you are supposed to use. When i asked my mom, to get me the ripest bananas she could find, She just laughed at me thinking I was talking nonsense.. LOL. She got me pretty looking ones and I had to wait for 2 days for it to ripe…arghh…. So, next time you have bananas rotting in the house, don’t throw them away, BAKE. ๐Ÿ™‚ The best part about this bread is that you can Bake them any time you like. Banana is a fruit which is available almost all the time. With the most basic ingredients available in the kitchen, you can bake them.

P.S- Use the Ripest Banana Possible.

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Lets begin with the Recipe for my Banana Chocochip Loaf.

INGREDIENTS:

    • Over Ripe Bananas- 4 ( Medium Sized)
    • Unsalted Butter- 50 gms
    • Whole Wheat Flour- 1 1/2 cup
    • All Purpose Flour- 1/2 cup
    • Baking Powder- 2 ย tsp
    • Corn Starch- 1 Tbsp
    • Castor Sugar- 3/4 cup
    • Salt- 1/2 tsp
    • Milk- 1/2 cup
    • Semi Sweet Chocochips- 1 cup
    • Walnuts- 1/2 cup (Optional)

PROCESS:

Makes 1 Loaf ( 9 to 5″)

Preparation Time- 15 mins

Baking Time- 50 mins

Pre Heat oven for 15 mins at 180 degrees.

1. Mash the bananas with your electric whisker or with the help of a spoon. This process should take about 5 to 7 mins. Make sure there are no lumps and its smooth.

2. In a bowl, sieve together, wheat flour, Cake flour, sugar, salt, corn starch and baking powder and keep aside.

3. Once the bananas are mashed, Add butter and Vanilla extract and beat it for 1 min.

4. Now add the dry ingredients alternatively with milk until everything is combined.

5. The batter will be thick and do not over beat.

6. Once everything is combined add chocochip and fold in with the help of a spatula.

7. Line your 9 to 5″ baking tray with a parchment paper and pour the batter in it.

8. If you wish, you can add some chocochips and walnuts on the top.

9. Bake for 50 mins in a preheated oven at 180 degrees. Check after 40 mins with the help of a skewer. If the skewer does not come out clean, bake for 5 more mins.

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10. After 25 mins, cover the tray loosely with aluminum foil to avoid heavy browning.

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Your Banana Chocochip Loaf is now Ready ๐Ÿ™‚

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* Use as ripe banana as possible for a super moist Banana Bread.

* Do not overfill the baking tray as the bread will have no space to rise.

* You can bake a simple Banana Bread too and avoid Chocochips.

*You can substitute milk with yogurt in this recipe.

*Dont Over beat the batter.

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Love

Shruti

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