Thursday, April 03, 2008

Chocolate Marble Quick Bread

Makes 9" loaf pan

semisweet chocolate, chopped4 ounces (100 grams)
Fresh milk, divide into 2 cups of 60ml120ml
Plain flour210g
Baking powder2 tsp
Sour cream1/4 cup
Unsalted butter113g
Vanilla extract1 tsp
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter and lightly flour a 9 by 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. Melt the chocolate, along with 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the milk, in a stainless steel bowl that has been placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt. Set aside.

  4. In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream and remaining 1/4 cup (60 ml) of milk. Set aside.

  5. In your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Beat in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and sour cream/milk mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Spoon half of the batter into a separate bowl. Add the melted chocolate mixture to one half of the batter and fold in.

  6. With two spoons, place spoonfuls of the two mixtures into the prepared loaf pan alternately (chocolate, white, chocolate, etc.). Run a wooden skewer or knife through the two batters to achieve a marbled effect. Bake in preheated oven for about 50 - 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  7. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely.

The texture of this quick bread tasted more of like a pound cake. It was really buttery, moist and smooth. Just the kind that will drive your hyper-activeness out from you. The aroma filled the whole of my kitchen and my hair smells like it too! Yummy!

I took this recipe from Joy of Baking. The swirl effects on the bread should be more visible but because I got no idea how to do it (No demonstration pics available on the website) and the instructions were making me blur, they looked so faint on my bread. Well, pardon a first timer like me :P

Prince Charming took 2 big slices of this bread to work! He msned me in the office and complimented that the bread tasted real good though they were left overnight. This will definitely be on my favourite list.


daphne said...

I do find that marble cakes taste more like pound cake. nevertheless, yours look really pretty. =)

Happy Mrs Kwok said...

Daphne! You are so kind with words :) I really need to learn from all of you in the Food blogging world!

I think I need to practise more on the swirling part :D